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Lion Darting

Finding and darting lions in #Khoadi //Hôas

Lions had killed and partly eaten a cow in the in #Khoadi //Hôas communal conservancy east of the Grootberg and Palmwag concessions the night before. This was a perfect chance to dart one of...
Damara mole rat

The one that digs with its teeth

After rainfall, when the land is wet, they start digging. The soil is loosened with the teeth and pushed backwards with the front legs. The hind legs shovel the damp earth still further to...
Etosha Rain

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

Like the rest of Namibia, Etosha National Park starts to blossom again when the long-awaited rains finally arrive after several years of drought. Nature is waking up and new life begins. Plants appear in...

Lions, leopards & other cats

The preparations for a trip to Africa are in full swing – poring over books and watching videos. Evenings are filled with nature documentaries and friends recount exciting safari experiences they had the previous...
Rhino

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

Namibia’s Black Rhino Custodianship programme was launched 25 years ago to increase the number of black rhinos by ensuring better protection against diseases, natural disasters and poachers. Another aim is wider distribution and to...
Khaudum Game Count

Khaudum: In the stranglehold of drought

No water for the animals, a lack of fuel for pumps and vehicles, a lack of finances, a lack of staff and difficult terrain – these are the challenges that nature conservation officials have...
Leopards

Written in the Sand: A fascinating insight into the Kalahari and its leopards

Seeing a leopard in the wilds tops the list of most people heading into the wilderness. It is a secretive, solitary and mainly nocturnal cat – factors which make it extremely difficult to see. Count...
Hippos

Water for hippos, other wild animals and cattle

At the end of August, after returning from the CITES conference in Geneva, Namibia's Minister of the Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, visited a waterhole in the dried up Chobe River on the border...
Termites

Termites – doing earthworm work in arid areas

Worker termites industriously carry dry plant material to a small hole in the ground. Others climb onto the few blades of grass and cut them into pieces of two to three centimetres long, ready...
Giraffe

Out of death comes life – observations at a waterhole

The first black-backed jackal makes his appearance less than ten minutes after nature conservation officials have pulled a dead giraffe bull from the man-made waterhole. Since this little predator cannot bite through...