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Rhino Poaching Rises in Namibia as Population Falls in South Africa

  • NGOs, government suspect international syndicate activity
  • Globally there just over 26,000 rhinos of all species left
White rhino are seen at a private game reserve in North West Province, near Brits, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
White rhino are seen at a private game reserve in North West Province, near Brits, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

The number of rhinos being poached in Namibia, home to the world’s second-biggest population of the animals, is surging with the government and environmental non-profits suspecting that international syndicates are shifting their focus from South Africa.

In the 12 months to the end of August, 74 rhinos were killed illegally, compared with just 16 in the first eight months of 2021, according to government statistics.