Fauna

June 18, 2012

The cheetah – one of Namibia’s endangered species

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) was founded in 1990 “to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and education on cheetahs and their ecosystems, working […]
June 18, 2012

The return of the whales

By Amy Schoeman A gradual homecoming to Namibia’s coastal waters Baleen whales were once plentiful in the seas off Namibia’s coast, but by the turn of […]
June 18, 2012

The zebra snake antivenom project

By Mike Griffin The bite of the zebra snake, Naja nigricincta nigricincta, has always been a problem in Namibia. This snake is very common in the […]
June 19, 2012

The brown hyaena – not only a scavenger

By Ingrid Wiesel, PhD student at Hamburg University, Germany, based in Lüderitz Brown hyaena (Hyaena brunnea, Thunberg, 1820) in Southern Africa are known to be mainly […]
June 19, 2012

Tortoise trouble

Namibia has the second largest number of tortoise species in the world. All six species are, however, threatened in the country, mainly as a result of […]
June 20, 2012
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Focus on Namibia’s large carnivores

Words: Hu Berry Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and brown and spotted hyaena are large carnivores that attract many tourists to Namibia. The more secretive of […]
July 3, 2012
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Copper shark: Namibia and Angola’s shared marine predator

  Animals can be restricted and managed within man-made borders on land, but this is impossible in the open seas, says Hannes Holtzhausen, Principle Fisheries Biologist […]
July 3, 2012

Namibia’s wild horses – regarded with compassion and even envy

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a person.” Winston Churchill The fringe of the Namib Desert […]
July 5, 2012

Elephant progress

In a multi-pronged approach to understanding and living side by side with its elephants, Namibians from all walks of life are having their voices heard with […]
July 5, 2012

The white pelican – an endangered species in Namibia

The pelicans along the Namibian coastal and inland flood plains, pans and larger dams are far too large, conspicuous and flamboyant to be overlooked, says Susann […]
July 6, 2012

Studying termite mounds: Engineering lessons from termites

By Chamwe Kaira What could we possibly learn from termites, those tiny insects known for their destruction of timber? Well, a research team studied termite mounds […]
July 6, 2012

Managing rare endemic species: Black-faced dollar signs

By Dr Tammie Matson It’s right under our noses – a magnificent, vulnerable, arid-adapted antelope with great ecological and economic value. It numbers less than 4 […]
July 9, 2012

The wild horses of the Namib – Living on the edge

By Sven-Eric Kanzler The so-called wild horses of the Namib that live in the area around Garub, 20 km west of Aus, have a tough life. […]
July 9, 2012
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Baboons of the Pre-Namib – Life on the edge

By Guy Cowlishaw and Elise Huchard, Tsaobis Baboon Project As the sun rises over the desert and the cold rocks begin to warm after a chilly […]
July 12, 2012

Cape fur seals: A unique marine phenomenon with a controversial history

The presence of Cape fur seals in Namibian waters is not only a unique phenomenon – these animals are usually associated with sub-polar climates – but also the cause of controversy in both fishing and conservation circles.
July 12, 2012

Desert-dwelling elephants: New insights on ‘desert’ elephants

By Dr Keith Leggett, Namibian Elephant and Giraffe Trust Elephant conservation is a challenge and for many a calling. In both cases, the need for facts is […]
July 13, 2012

Brown hyaenas – Nocturnal travellers of the desert coast

By Hu Berry Shyer than their inland cousins, brown hyaenas shuffle tirelessly along the Namibian coast, covering astounding distances as they search ceaselessly for scraps thrown […]
July 13, 2012

Desert elephants – Dwellers of dryness

By Hu Berry There are two indigenous keystone species in Africa, meaning that their presence or absence shows significantly on the landscape. One is the humans; […]
July 13, 2012

Desert lions – Survivors of the sand

By Hu Berry The scene is surreal – padding silently on wet sand a lion stalks fur seals on the shoreline of the Skeleton Coast. No […]
July 15, 2012
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Whales – Giants of the deep

by Hu Berry Man’s relationship with whales began with merciless harpooning and then changed to one of concern when it was realised that these giants of […]

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