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Namibia: Rhino poaching falls by more than 60 per cent
Rhino poaching fell 63 per cent year-on-year in Namibia, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism said, citing intensified intelligence operations by authorities and tougher sentences and fines for poachers.
Romeo Muyanda, spokesman for Namibia's Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, said, "Rhino poaching decreased from 46 in 2019 to 17 incidents so far in 2020."
Elephant poaching, which occurs to a lesser extent, also decreased with two incidents reported this year compared with 13 in 2019, the ministry said.
The southern African nation is home to the second-largest white rhino population in the world after South Africa, the non-profit organisation Save the Rhino said, "Namibia also holds one-third of the world's remaining black rhinos."
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