Shocked by the rise in the cases of rhino poaching in Namibia, the government says it will soon deploy a helicopter to carry out aerial patrols.
Addressing the press on Monday, Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta said the government was very disturbed with the rhino poaching and would do everything it could to stop it.
The tourism ministry has also offered a 30,000 Namibian dollar (about 2,500 U.S. dollars) award for blowing the whistle on poachers.
This year alone, the Etosha National Park which has the biggest population of rhinos in Namibia has lost 38 rhinos, even more than the 24 rhinos that were killed nationwide last year.
Apart from deploying a helicopter, Shifeta also said the government is considering amending the law so that poachers could be given stiffer penalties.
The official bemoaned the lack of well-trained rangers who can effectively monitor the situation in the national parks and curb poaching.
He said the government would strengthen its ties with armed forces in the fight against poaching and help the Etosha National Park erect fencing.
“We are trying by all means to seal our borders and deploy trained rangers at designated entry points,” he said.
The government has worked with a conservation organization to deploy eight drones to monitor activities in game parks. Enditem