MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
The Niassa National Reserve (RNN) in Mozambique faces
difficulties in reducing animal slaughter due to the limited resources it has to
deal with poachers.
In a recent
interview with Xinhua, Fernando Macamero, the Chief Inspector at RNN, said that
it is urgent to allocate more resources in the reserve as the level of animal
slaughtering for horn extraction is alarming and hunters now are using heavy
having many challenges in the Niassa Reserve, part of the difficulties has to do
with the weak implementation of the law, and people still do not understand that
poaching is a crime,” said Macamero, adding that “the government should help
with more allocation of resources.”
the reserve watchdog, in 2017 more than 100 animals were slaughtered by
poachers, and horns were extracted. Thirteen of the animals were elephants.
that with more means we could reduce the inflow of hunters,” Macamero said, “we
often confiscate the instruments that hunters abandon after exchanging shots,
and few times we arrest the evildoers.”
month, we exchanged shots with some hunters who slaughtered two elephants, we
resisted and they fled, leaving about 50 horns and some weapons behind.”
explained that in addition to Mozambicans there are many foreigners from
neighboring countries who enter the reserve to slaughter animals.
“In the few
captures we have ever made, we discovered that foreigners were also involved,”
“We have had
many opportunities to capture the hunters, but our weapon is not good enough for
us to face them. Majority of the hunters uses AK47 and we use shotguns or
pistols or some other instruments without enough deterrence.” he said.
revealed that the problem faced at National Reserve of Niassa is not only from
poachers, but also from illegal miners in that area.
been an activity that tends to grow here on this reserve,” he said, “although it
is easy to stop the illegal miners because they do not use weapons.”
that in 2017, a total of 2,000 illegal miners were captured in the Niassa
Reserve, most of them digging gold.
“It was very
common to find more than 200 illegal miners at one time digging gold in a
region. Some illegal miners are arrested and others are awaiting trial,” said
the inspector considering it as a good result for the reserve, “Although they
continue, at least they do it with fear.”
miners use mercury, which can pollute the water resources for people and
animals,” he said.
Hong Kong Customs seizes
suspected rhino horns
HONG KONG China (Xinhua) --
Hong Kong Customs Thursday seized about 2.04 kg of suspected rhino horns with an
estimated market value of about 400,000 Hong Kong dollars(about 51,168
U.S.dollars) at Hong Kong International Airport.
officers intercepted a 38-year-old male passenger at the airport who arrived
from Maputo, Mozambique via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this afternoon. During Customs
clearance, the suspected rhino horn cut pieces painted in red and black
respectively were found inside the pockets and interlining of a jacket, as well
as a pair of socks in his check-in suitcase.
The man was
The case was
handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong
Kong for follow-up investigation.
Hong Kong Customs, under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and
Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an
endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of 5 million
Hong Kong dollars (about 639,600 U.S. dollars) and imprisonment for two years.