Namibia's Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism expressed concern on Sunday over the importation of live white rhinoceros from South Africa by registered Namibian game dealers for re-export to countries outside their natural distribution range.
In a statement, ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said South Africa has stricter domestic measures in place against the exporting of some wildlife species.
Namibian private farmers, especially registered game dealers, are cautioned not to engage in such transactions, as they will not be supported within the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Convention, Muyunda said.
"We will not allow Namibia to be used to circumvent South African laws.
“Importing white rhinos from South Africa might also disadvantage our farmers/game dealers if they want to export white rhinoceros of Namibian origin," he said.
According to Muyunda, this trend also poses a serious threat to conservation efforts.
The southern African country in October expressed concern over the global trend of restricting hunting, highlighting the need to balance conservation with the welfare of local communities.
Speaking at the 21st African Wildlife Consultative Forum in Windhoek, Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta emphasized the importance of addressing this issue and developing mechanisms to counter the ongoing onslaught against hunting.
"Namibia believes that hunting has a place in our conservation and social set-up, and will support all efforts aiming at promoting well-regulated and people-centered hunting," said Shifeta.