July 18, 2012

Naukluft Experience – In the realm of the mountain zebra

by Michaela Kanzler Large basins of clear water sparkle among rocks polished to a velvety smoothness. Bright-red dragonflies sunbathe on the short brush lining the banks. […]
July 22, 2012

Etosha elephants

Nature Notes on Etosha elephants Main photograph – Paul van Schalkwyk. by Amy Schoeman  Before the first Europeans came to Namibia, elephants probably occurred in Etosha […]
July 24, 2012

The African Aardvark

Text and photographs by Gary Newton The 150-pound pork missile We were standing in the back of a lime-green Frankenstein of a farm vehicle. It looked […]
July 24, 2012

Dune tip-toe – Gant’s Golden Mole of the Namib desert

This is the eleventh in a series by Joh Henschel of EnviroMEND about the Namib Desert. Its wonders have many forms, some of which are small, […]
October 23, 2012

Namibia – the most compelling wildlife story ever told

More than 700 people form all over the world watched Namibia’s promotional video – 42 % and counting – at the Adventure World Travel Summit (ATWS) in […]
November 13, 2012

The domestication of the African wild cat

Text and photographs by Tim Osborne  “This is the story of how an African wildcat domesticated us.” Popular wisdom and speculation tell us that the ancient […]
November 13, 2012

BIG STORIES about little things – Namib desert lizard

This is the fourteenth in a series by Joh Henschel of EnviroMEND about the Namib Desert. Its wonders have many forms, some of which are tiny, […]
November 14, 2012

Facts on Elephants in Namibia

This post forms part of the monthly “Did you know” column written by Bill Torbitt for Flamingo magazine. It originally appeared in the November 2012 issue. […]
November 14, 2012

Zebra’s in Namibia – Did you know?

A HORSE-LIKE DONKEY OR A DONKEY-LIKE HORSE?  The origin of the word zebra is not certain. It probably comes from an African language via Portuguese (zevra). […]
November 15, 2012

The African aardvark – aativistic, aaltruistic and aadicted to aants

The 150-pound pork missile Some of the facts – which you will find in this hilarious account of a once in a life-time encounter Gary Newton […]
August 13, 2014

Wild horses of the Namib

Text and photographs Ron Swilling | Main photograph Paul van Schalkwyk ‘The ground trembled, gravel flew, dust rose. Twelve horses galloped past me, so close I […]
April 25, 2018

Birding on the Chobe River

Birding on the Chobe floodplains is like falling into a big bowl of ice-cream, without the negative side effects of eating too much of it. Being a boatman for a bird watcher or bird photographer must be exhausting. Stopping every few metres for yet another bird. Imagine how tiring it must be for the photographer!
April 25, 2018

Conservation Close-Up: Etosha’s Elusive Blue Cranes

Cranes are universally regarded as symbols of peace and good luck. There are 15 species worldwide, with the bulk of the Blue Crane population found in South Africa. A small outlying population in Namibia is described as being among the most mysterious of all cranes.
April 25, 2018

5 Reasons Why the Okavango River is a Must-Visit Destination

Okay, so it’s true that the north-eastern Kavango and Zambezi regions aren’t the quintessential desert landscapes one may associate with Namibia. They are as lush and green as a southern African region can get, but they are still part of the country and often offer a welcome reprieve from the arid beauty that is a trademark of this special corner of Africa. That said, the first glimpse you catch of the mighty Okavango River as it meanders along the north-eastern edge of Namibia, creating a natural border with our neighbour Angola, will be a sight for dry eyes.
July 13, 2018

Starlings not that Common

If there were a lion behind every second bush, or a leopard in every tree, would they be so special? Would photographers want to shoot them (to protect them), would photographers drive off-road or into a no-entry road to get a better angle on their million dollar picture? I have in fact seen people drive all over each other to get a closer look at a lion, to get to the front of the scene of the crime. Imagine, for a lion! Luckily no photographer will ever do that. The point I want to make about starlings is that they are too common. Most of the starlings have a metallic sheen flashing back when the sun touches their feathers, but unfortunately they are not so special because they are just too common. This might be where this terrible word is coming from: ‘common’, like too many seen too often. Possibly it is also because they are robust and gregarious. Let’s rather call them plebeian.
July 18, 2018

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheetahs

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on earth. Probably one of the most well-known mammals. They even make really cute plush toys. And in Namibia, their populations are on the up and up, due to the fantastic efforts of conservation organisations and government. But cheetahs still have a lot about them to surprise us with.
September 13, 2018

Fuelled by Passion – The RMB Namibia Ride for Rhinos

What does it take to save the rhino? The list is long - tracking teams, vehicles, food, uniforms, binoculars, support staff and supporters, among many other things. But the most essential element needed to save the rhino is passion.
February 15, 2019

The Plight of the Pangolin

Photographs  Jo Tagg   Pangolins certainly are not the most glamorous animals, yet they are the most trafficked. In Namibia, the fight against trafficking has become […]
February 20, 2019

Phantoms of the Skeleton Coast – Namibia’s desert lions

Salvadora persica, which goes by many common names such as miswak and arak in Arabia, or the mustard bush or toothbrush tree because its twigs can be used as a natural toothbrush.
March 1, 2019

Desert Debate: Are horses more important than hyenas in our national parks?

By Willie Olivier   The fate of the remaining 73 wild horses of the southern Namib is an emotional issue. So it came as no surprise […]

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