- Date: May 23, 2011
A free and confidential phone hotline launched in Namibia as a proactive measure to stop potential acts of poaching. The SMS hotline allows individuals who are aware of rhino poaching to contact authorities safely and anonymously. WWF developed this tool with the Government of Namibia and Mobile Telecommunications Limited and is hopeful that other countries will use the model to help address poaching issues.
Rhino poaching in Namibia is now at an all time low because of innovative thinking and strong leadership from WWF, the Government of Namibia, the private sector and other non-governmental organizations. Strong efforts have been made to influence international legislation and work with communities to educate them about the harmful impacts of illegally killing wildlife.
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“I want to make it very clear that here in Namibia we have zero tolerance for poaching. Those who are caught will face harsh penalties. It is no secret that our country is a world leader in rhino conservation and we are extremely proud of this achievement.”
–Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism