Namibia, home to the only free-roaming Black Rhinos left in the world, holds almost a third of Africa’s Black Rhino population. It was the first country to use de-horning to discourage poachers from killing rhinos. Experience has shown however, that unless extensive anti-poaching security and monitoring efforts are in place, rhinos will continue to be poached regardless of whether they have been de-horned.
Rhino poaching is at a crisis point - in the last decade 9,885 African rhinos have been killed by poachers.
REUTERS 31 JAN '23: The number of endangered rhinos poached in Namibia reached an all-time high last year after 87 animals were killed compared to 45 in 2021. Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said poachers killed 61 Black and 26 White Rhinos mainly in Namibia's largest park, Etosha, where 46 rhinos were found dead.