Seventy-nine rhinos have been killed this year by poachers in Namibia, the country’s Environment and Tourism ministry said in a statement.
This compares to 25 rhinos poached in the country last year.
The numbers reflect a rising trend in rhino poaching.
According to the country’s authorities, the killings took place at Etosha National Park.
The park is is the biggest wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, offering a variety of accommodation options and spectacular wildlife viewing.
It was designated as a game reserve in 1907 and remains one of Africa’s major wildlife sanctuaries.
The rhinos poached this year include two found killed last week.
“Nobody has been arrested in connection with the killing of the two protected animals, but the police were continuing to investigate the incidents,” local media quoted a police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, as saying Monday.
The government was offering about $4,000 (N$60,000) reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the rhino poachers.
The black rhino, brought to the brink of extinction by poaching, has been listed as critically endangered since 2001.
Rhinos are usually killed for their horns, which are believed to have medicinal qualities by people in Oriental countries.
Rhino horn is used as a component in Chinese herbal medicine and fetches a price per gram equivalent to gold. A single horn can cost $100,000 on the black market.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW