The poaching in Botswana is constantly gaining pace – has been since 2014.KS

 

DWNP Ngamiland District Coordinator Timothy Blackbeard (centre) and his team
DWNP Ngamiland District Coordinator Timothy Blackbeard (centre) and his team

Oscar Nkala

Associate, Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism

The Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) has confirmed the recent killing and de-horning of a white rhino by poachers in the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. The incident brings the number of rhino poaching cases to three within a month following the killing of a rhino cow whose young calf died a few hours after she was killed at a private farm in the Ghanzi district. In a statement, DWNP Ngamiland Coordinator Timothy Blackbeard said the carcass was discovered in the Lower Okavango Delta on August 18. He appealed to the public to assist with information that may lead to the arrest of the poacher or poachers. Blackbeard said the carcass was recovered by a joint anti-poaching patrol team of game rangers, the Botswana Defence Force and some non-governmental organisations. Both horns were hacked off by the poachers. He noted that poaching has increased dramatically across the Ngamiland in the last three months, with elephants proving to be the most sought-after species. Moroka Media 2018