Section 49 of the Nature Conservation Ordinance of 1975 (4 of 1975), as amended by Nature Conservation Amendment Act of 2017 (3 of 2017) has empowered the Minister to place a prohibition on the import into Namibia or the export from Namibia any species of live game or wild animal.
In line with that provision, the Minister is considering to place a prohibition on import of the following large carnivores and certain wild animals into Namibia:
1. Species indigenous to Namibia occur commonly and there is thus no need to import any animals and thereby risk bringing diseases or different races into the country. Not mixing different races would contribute towards Biodiversity conservation
Lion; Leopard; Cheetah; Crocodile (captive bred); Duiker; Eland; Elephant; Giraffe; Wild Dog; Hartebeest; Kudu; Oryx; Ostrich; Springbok and Steenbok.
2. Species that never occurred in Namibia and currently only occur at very low numbers and their import should not be allowed for conservation reasons, as Cape bushbuck, for example, prevent us from establishing the Chobe bushbuck, from the Zambezi, on commercial farmland. Similar the introduction of colour variations, as a result of mutations, pose a risk of genetic contamination and should thus not be allowed.
Bontebok; Bushbuck; Mountain Reedbuck, all colour varieties
3. Sub-species endemic or near endemic to Namibia, they are currently not allowed for export as well
Black-faced Impala; Hartmann’s Zebra; Damara Dik-dik.
4. Specimens of species which are considered to be alien invasive or potentially alien invasive:
All mammals, reptiles and birds ( except captive-bred budgerigar ‘budgies’, cockatiels and parakeets, ostriches kept in fenced-off areas) which are not indigenous to Namibia; All aquatic vertebrates or invertebrates, which pose known threat to any river or drainage system or associated biodiversity.
5. These kind of imports pose risks such as transmission of exotic diseases, genetic pollution, public danger in the case of predators, and should as a rule not be allowed unless there is a definite conservation advantage, like reintroduction of species which are threatened with extinction or have become extinct in Namibia.
All felids of captive-bred or wild origin; All exotic primates of captive-bred or wild origin; All exotic reptiles of captive bred or wild origin; All wild animals considered to pose disease risk to indigenous species by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
6. Specimens of species which are considered to pose a risk of genetic pollution for indigenous wild animals:
Any specimen from a recognized ecotype or subspecies not represented in Namibia but represented by another recognized ecotype or subspecies as an indigenous form; any specimen from recognized ecotype or subspecies represented in Namibia for release within or near the distribution area of another recognized ecotype or subspecies present in Namibia; and any specimen or species represented in Namibia but of unknown origin.
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by 11 December 2018.