14 February 2013

Namibia lost 78 elephants to poaching in 2012

Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) announced that 78 of the country's estimated 20 000-strong elephant population have been illegally killed by poachers in 2012. Poaching almost exclusively took place Namibia's northern Caprivi Region due to its high elephant population. Most of illegal killings occured betwenn April and October 2012. The last poaching incident in Namibia was reported in November 2012 and no cases have been recorded so far this year. Only an estimated number of 10 elephants got poached in Namibia in 2011.

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