Saving rhinos together

23 September 2019 | Environment

In celebration of World Rhino Day this past weekend, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the World Wildlife Fund called for the protection of Namibia’s rhinoceros population at an event held at Khorixas.
Speaking at the event, US Ambassador Lisa Johnson said that together, stakeholders must save Namibia’s rhinos from illegal poaching. “Our hard work is paying off,” she said at the ceremony, which was hosted by the Namibia Nature Foundation and Save the Rhino Trust. “No rhinos have been poached over the last two years in the north-western communal areas of Kunene.”
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) provides funding to the WWF through the Combating Wildlife Crime Project, which protects the black rhino population in north-west Namibia. The project is a five-year initiative, begun in 2017, and partners with both the Namibian government and local communities.
Johnson congratulated the Environment Ministry, the WWF, the governor of Kunene, and their many partners for the achievement. She also specifically thanked Kunene community members who have served as game guards for more than 15 years, calling their commitment to the rhino an example of outstanding conservation leadership. “We’ve shown that Namibia’s rhinos can be saved through a collective effort by our governments, communities, and partners in conservation.”

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