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Namibian Wildlife Crime article archive

This archive of published media articles about wildlife crime in Namibia aims to:

  • provide easy public access to published information and statistics
  • enable easy stakeholder access to articles
  • provide a comprehensive archive of wildlife crime reporting in Namibia

Public access to information is a vital component of ensuring community engagement in prevalent issues. Wildlife crime is one of the pressing environmental issues of our time.

Wildlife crime investigations are generally covert operations requiring utmost confidentiality to succeed. Investigations and prosecutions in complex cases may take months or even years to complete. For this reason, the information that can be released to the public without compromising cases is often limited. Nonetheless, the Namibian government strives to share as much information as possible with the public. The Namibian media has welcomed this approach and regularly publishes statistics and feature articles on wildlife crime. These are entered into the database at regular intervals, creating a comprehensive archive of wildlife crime reporting in Namibia.

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    Saturday, 28 March 2020
    Evans S 2020. Coronavirus has finally made us recognise the illegal wildlife trade is a public health issue.

    There will be few positives to take from coronavirus. But the global pandemic may yet prove to be an important moment in the attempts to address the illegal wildlife trade. The media has generally concentrated on effects rather than causes, in particular the global implications for public health and economies. But it is also vital to unravel the timeline of the pandemic and categorically determine its initial cause.

    Friday, 27 March 2020
    Uupindi K 2020. Sixteen arrested for poaching.

    The Namibia Police Force arrested and charged 16 suspects on charges of rhino or elephant poaching and conspiracy of elephant poaching last week. Police also confiscated five firearms, rounds of ammunitions and a motor vehicle. Among other items which were recovered during the anti-poaching operation  are;  varied wild life products  such as  four elephant tusks, a pangolin skin , two duiker carcasses, one waterbuck carcass and one warthog carcass.

    Thursday, 26 March 2020
    Denker H 2020. Namibia's Pangolins – What do we Actually Know?.

    Kelsey Prediger walks into the bush in the darkness of early evening. She is armed with only a small torch, telemetry equipment, a mobile phone and a belt pouch with small research tools. Although the grass is hip high in places, Kelsey appears unfazed by the possibility of encountering a snake, a leopard or another potentially dangerous creature.

    Thursday, 26 March 2020
    Tjitemisa K 2020. Conservancy reinforces security to curb poaching.

    In its efforts to boost the much-needed security at the conservancy, N≠a Jaqna conservancy management committee member Lara Diez said they have added 12 new guards to help curb poaching that of late has seen a rapid increase at the park. "Poaching has become an ever-increasing problem and the new game guards will increase vigilance and monitoring in the conservancy. The delicate balance between wildlife management, licensed hunting and the community is disturbed greatly by poaching,” Diez said in a statement yesterday.

    Thursday, 26 March 2020
    2020. Vier vas oor stukke ivoor.

    Vier Namibiese mans is verlede Dinsdag by Nkurenkuru in verband met ivoorsmokkelary en die onwettige besit van 'n vuurwapen in hegtenis geneem. Vier stukke ivoor, een pistool, ammunisie en een voertuig is by mnre. Moses Shikondjeni, Shindumbu Lungameni, Tobias Nghilaluwa en Jackson Haufiku gekonfiskeer.

    Wednesday, 25 March 2020
    2020. 16 Festnahmen wegen Wilderei.

    Die Behörden haben in den vergangenen Tagen insgesamt 16 Personen wegen Verdachts auf Wilderei verhaftet. Einem aktuellen Bericht des Umweltministeriums zufolge wurden über diesen Zeitraum sechs neue Ermittlungen gestartet und allein in der vergangenen Woche unter anderem vier Elefantenstoßzähne und ein Schuppentier-Panzer sichergestellt. Das Elfenbein sei bei einem Einsatz am Dienstag vergangener Woche in Nkurenkuru konfisziert worden.

    Wednesday, 25 March 2020
    2020. 16 arrests for poaching.

    The authorities have arrested a total of 16 people over the past few days on suspicion of poaching. According to a recent report by the Ministry of the Environment, six new investigations were launched over this period and, among other things, four elephant tusks and a pangolin shell were secured in the past week alone.

    Tuesday, 24 March 2020
    2020. Vier vas oor stukke ivoor.

    Vier Namibiese mans is verlede Dinsdag by Nkurenkuru in verband met ivoorsmokkelary en die onwettige besit van 'n vuurwapen in hegtenis geneem. Die polisie het glo vier stukke ivoor, een pistool, ammunisie en een voertuig by mnre. Moses Shikondjeni, Shindumbu Lungameni, Tobias Nghilaluwa en Jackson Haufiku gekonfiskeer.

    Monday, 23 March 2020
    Baaitse D 2020. BDF hits at police over poaching incident.

    Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Director, Protocol and Public Affairs Colonel Tebo Dikole has this week slammed Botswana Police for talking and discussing BDF operational matters with the media and members of the public.

    Monday, 23 March 2020
    Amukeshe L 2020. Namibia launches new N$30 note.

    On the flip side, among other features is the black rhino which faces extinction. Namibia is one of the vestiges of the black rhino, one of the world's most endangered animal species.

    Monday, 23 March 2020
    Moleofe R 2020. BDF should ask China for help with anti-poaching.

    The recent death of a BDF soldier has actually disrupted my sequenced Botswana military history write-ups. The death of this Special Forces operative will certainly become a turning point in the way the country has approached the growing problem.It has been almost thirty years since the first Special Forces operative was killed by poachers in the Chobe National Park in 1991. At that time I had just earned my commission as a second lieutenant and we were therefore given a serious briefing on what was going on in the field.

    Friday, 20 March 2020
    Maphosa V 2020. Just in: 59 poachers arrested.

    AT least 59 people have been arrested for poaching by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority (ZIMPARKS) as from January this year to date.

    Friday, 20 March 2020
    Ncube L 2020. Four elephants poisoned, tusks removed.

    Four elephants were found dead, three of them without tusks in Woodlands Farm resettlement area on Monday.

    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    Denker H 2020. Rhino poaching and the inside job.

    The term 'poacher' is often used for anyone involved in wildlife crime. In reality, wildlife crime functions through a complex web of criminals, where the poachers – the people carrying out the illegal killing of an animal to initiate the trade in its parts – are at the lowest level.

    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    Netsianda M 2020. Three suspected rhino poachers found with pesticide denied bail.

    Three suspected rhino poachers who allegedly strayed into Bubye Conservancy in Mazunga area in Beitbridge district, where they intended to poison wildlife were on Thursday denied bail by the High Court.

    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    2020. Conservation Union: Black rhinoceros population is recovering easily.

    Poaching and illegal trade continue to affect rhinos in Africa. But there is a ray of hope. The population of the black rhinoceros in Africa has recovered slightly since the dramatic slump since the 1970s. Between 2012 and 2018, the number of animals in the wild grew from an estimated 4845 to 5630 specimens, as the World Conservation Union (IUCN) reported on Thursday. Nevertheless, the black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) remains endangered.

    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    2020. Pangolin-Schuppen sichergestellt.

    Die Behörden haben mehrere Wilderer verhaftet. Darunter befinde sich auch ein Mann, bei dem die Beamten hunderte Teile von Schuppentieren gefunden haben. Das geht aus einem gemeinsamen Bericht der beteiligten Einheiten hervor, der zu Beginn der Woche vom Umweltministerium veröffentlicht wurde.

    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    2020. Pangolin scales secured.

    The authorities have arrested several poachers. Among them is a man with whom the officials have found hundreds of pangolins. This emerges from a joint report by the units involved, which was published by the Ministry of the Environment earlier this week.

    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    2020. Naturschutzunion: Population des Spitzmaulnashorns erholt sich Wilderei und illegaler Handel setzen Nashörnern in Afrika weiter zu. Aber es gibt einen Lichtblick.

    Die Population des Spitzmaulnashorns in Afrika hat sich nach den dramatischen Einbrüchen seit den 70er Ja Zahl der Tiere in der Wildnis von geschätzten 4845 auf 5630 Exemplare, wie die Weltnaturschutzunion (IUCN) am Donner (Diceros bicornis) vom Aussterben bedroht.

    Thursday, 19 March 2020
    Smit E 2020. Namibian caught with 611 pangolin scales.

    A Namibian man was arrested last week at Rundu for being in possession of 611 pangolin scales, five pieces of skin and one whole pangolin skin. A total of nine suspects were arrested in connection with wildlife crimes last week and three new cases were registered.

    Tuesday, 17 March 2020
    2020. Man glo met sowat 600 ietermagôskubbe vas.

    'n Namibiese man, mnr. Hega Nekare, is verlede Dinsdag op Rundu glo met verskeie ietermagôprodukte in hegtenis geneem.

    Friday, 13 March 2020
    Maclennan S 2020. Poaching trial to resume in May.

    The trial of six men facing rhino-poaching charges continued in the Grahamstown High Court this week. East London residents Francis Chitiyo, Trymore Chauke, Misheck Chauke, Simba Masinge and Nhamo Muyambo, and  Abraham Moyane were arrested in July 2018 during Operation Full Moon – the Eastern Cape Rhino Task Team’s code name for its anti-poaching operations. All six have since been in custody. They are accused on four counts. The first two fall under the riotous assemblies act – statutory conspiracy to commit a restricted activity involving rhinoceros, and conspiracy to steal rhino horn.

    Friday, 13 March 2020
    Hartman A 2020. Alleged ivory dealers deny guilt on charges.

    Three men accused of dealing in or possessing two elephant tusks at Walvis Bay last year denied guilt on the charges they are facing during an appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

    Thursday, 12 March 2020
    2020. Zambia Police arrest man for being in possession of 12 pieces of elephant Ivory tusks.

    The Department of National Parks and Wildlife has arrested a 39 year old Kapiri Mposhi man for being in possession of 12 pieces of elephant Ivory tusks worth over K100, 000. Department of National Parks and Wildlife Central Region Warden Patrick Sakanga has confirmed the arrest to ZANIS yesterday.

    Thursday, 12 March 2020
    David M 2020. Man caught with live pangolin.

    A man was arrested at Okandjengendi on Monday while trying to sell to undercover police officers a live pangolin.

    Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    2020. Soldier, poacher killed in rhino hotspot shootout.

    Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldier and a poacher have died during a poaching incident that happened early this morning at Chiefs Island in heart of the Okavango Delta, the army has confirmed.

    Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    Smit E 2020. Anti-poaching units shine at Etosha.

    Significant successes, including the arrest of 63 suspects for wildlife-related crimes, have been recorded by anti-poaching units in the Etosha National Park since February last year. This was revealed during a visit to Etosha by police inspector-general Sebastian Ndeitunga, environment minister Pohamba Shifeta and defence minister Penda Ya Ndakolo last Friday.

    Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    2020. Ietermagô-verkoper trap in polisie-lokval.

    ‘n 47-jarige man van Onawa in Oshakati se Okandjengedi-informele nedersetting is Maandag in hegtenis geneem toe hy ‘n ietermagô aan ‘n polisie-speurder probeer verkoop het.

    Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    2020. Pangolin vendor steps into police trap .

    A 47-year-old Onawa man in Oshakati's Okandjengedi informal settlement was arrested on Monday when he tried to sell an Itermagô to a police detective.

    Wednesday, 11 March 2020
    Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) 2020. Painting Murals For Conservation Advocacy.

    Given Namibia's poaching crisis, an education and awareness advocacy campaign is critical in order to develop strengthened community ownership and responsibility over wildlife.

    Tuesday, 10 March 2020
    Shikongo A 2020. K9 unit thwarts suspected oryx poachers.

    Police reservists at Karibib intercepted a group of poachers, who had killed two oryx at Farm Albrechtshohe, but were only able to apprehend one of the four suspects.

    Monday, 9 March 2020
    2020. Rhino Conservation Botswana: Media Release: Rhino poaching in Botswana .

    Despite significant anti-poaching efforts, the rhino poaching onslaught continues unabated in Botswana with 47 rhinos lost to poachers over the last 12 months. This has devastated Botswana’s rhino populations and significantly set back the work of Rhino Conservation Botswana. For the past two decades we have worked with the Government of Botswana and private sector partners to bring rhinos from high poaching areas in South Africa and Zimbabwe into Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

    Monday, 9 March 2020
    2020. Police are looking for three poachers.

    After two Oryx antelopes have been slaughtered on a farm near Karibib, one suspect is in custody while the authorities search for three more. This was announced by the Erongo region police spokesman, Erastus Iikuyu.

    Monday, 9 March 2020
    2020. Polizei sucht drei Wildere.

    Nachdem zwei Oryx-Antilopen auf einer Farm nahe Karibib geschlachtet wurden, befindet sich ein Tatverdächtiger in Haft, während die Behörden nach drei weiteren Personen fahnden. Das teilte der Polizeisprecher der Erongo-Region, Erastus Iikuyu, jetzt mit.

    Wednesday, 4 March 2020
    Smit E 2020. Six arrested for wildlife crimes.

    Six suspects were arrested in connection with wildlife crimes recently and three new cases were opened. This is according to statistics provided by the intelligence and investigation unit within the environment ministry and the protected resources unit in the safety and security ministry.

    Sunday, 1 March 2020
    2020. Collaboration needed to combat wildlife poaching.

    Officials in Namibia and Botswana have highlighted the need for increased collaboration in security measures in protected wildlife areas as poaching continues to be a challenge.

    Thursday, 27 February 2020
    Steynberg F 2020. Three poached are believed to be rhino in Etosha.
    Thursday, 27 February 2020
    Steynberg F 2020. Drie stroop glo renoster in Etosha:  'Ietermagôsmokkelaars' kry borg.

    Vanaf 17 tot 23 Februarie is beslag op twee renosterhorings gelê. Drie vermeende renosterstropers in die Etosha Nasionale Park, mnre. Festus Simon, Johannes Valombola en Efraim Malakia, is op 18 Februarie by Okahao in hegtenis geneem. Volgens die polisie is twee renosterhorings, twee .303-jaggewere, 30 patrone en 'n voertuig gekonfiskeer. 

    Thursday, 27 February 2020
    Smit E 2020. 13 arrested for wildlife crime.

    Thirteen suspects were arrested recently in connection with wildlife crimes, while five new cases were opened.  According to statistics released by the intelligence and investigation unit within the environment ministry and the protected resources division in the safety and security ministry, a total of three illegal wildlife products were also seized. 

    Wednesday, 26 February 2020
    2020. Senior cop arrested over rhino poaching.

    A senior police ocer at Oshakati’s protected resources unit was the mastermind behind the poaching incidences which occurred in Etosha National Park last month.

    Tuesday, 25 February 2020
    2020. Nine stuck on rhino horns.

    Nine suspects were arrested in connection with rhino poaching or horn smuggling last week. According to the wildlife crime report of 17 to 23 February, two rhino horns were seized. 

    Tuesday, 25 February 2020
    2020. Nege vas oor renosterhorings.

    Nege verdagtes is verlede week in verband met renosterstropery of -horingsmokkelary in hegtenis geneem. Volgens die wildmisdaadverslag van 17 tot 23 Februarie is beslag op twee renosterhorings gelê. Een likkewaan, 58 ammunisie, vyf vuurwapens en een voertuig is ook gekonfiskeer.

    Tuesday, 25 February 2020
    2020. China bans illegal wildlife trade.

    China yesterday declared an immediate and “comprehensive” ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed to be responsible for the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

    Saturday, 22 February 2020
    de Klerk M 2020. South Africa Mozambique cooperation reduces rhino poaching .

    Kruger National Park, South Africa - Officials at South African National Parks say cooperation with neighboring Mozambique has been a key factor in reducing rhinoceros poaching in the famous Kruger National Park. Kruger is home to the world's largest wild rhino population, and has proven a tempting target for poachers who for years jumped the park’s borders.

    Saturday, 22 February 2020
    Tsiko S 2020. 100,000 children stand against wildlife crime (Zimbabwe and Mozambique) .

    About 100,000 children in and around the national parks of Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe and Limpopo in Mozambique are being educated through the Peace and Changemaker Generation project to appreciate wildlife conservation efforts and to take a stand against wildlife crime. The project also promotes girls’ rights in their communities as part of wider efforts to strengthen the two countries’ efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.

    Thursday, 20 February 2020
    2020. Six suspected smugglers get bail.

    The alleged rhino poachers mr. Mapole Tjipopyeni, Thomas Eino, Hofni Mengeri and Petena Karure appeared in court last Monday at Omaruru for the start of their trial.

    Thursday, 20 February 2020
    2020. 82 arrested for pangolin poaching.

    At least 82 people were arrested last year alone and police recovered 17 pangolins and over 1 000 kilogrammes of pangolin scales, as the Zimbabwe Republic Police declares war on wildlife crimes countrywide.

    Thursday, 20 February 2020
    2020. Six suspected smugglers get bail.

    Six suspected rhino horn smugglers were released in Namibian courts last week on bail of N $ 20,000 each.

    Thursday, 20 February 2020
    2020. Ses vermeende smokkelaars kry borg.

    Ses vermeende renosterhoringsmokkelaars is verlede week in Namibiese howe op borgtog van N$20 000 elk vrygelaat.

    Thursday, 20 February 2020
    Shabani T 2020. BDF patrol team exchanges fire with poachers (Botswana).

    Five suspected elephant poachers escaped following re exchange with the members of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) anti-poaching team in the Shaile area of the Chobe National Park on March 16 afternoon.