Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has released the rhino and elephant poaching numbers for 2018. According to the Minister, a total of (at least) 57 rhinos and 26 elephants got illegally killed by poachers in Namibia in 2018. 120 suspected poachers were arrested in 2018. (At least) One rhino was reported poached so far this year.
Earlier this month Namibia's Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Bernadette Jagger, revealed that Namibia has lost an average of 50 rhinos annually to poaching since 2015. According to the Deputy Minister, despite the onslaught of poaching, the white and black rhino population of the country has preserved and continues to grow. The black rhino population in Namibia currently exceeds 2 000 species, and the white population currently stands at 1 000 animals.