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Nearly 50 percent of full capacity in Namibia’s dams

22. November 2017 inke - Weather, Environment

Although the first good rains occurred in the central and northern parts of Namibia in the last few weeks, the only rivers that have been flowing were in the northwest of Namibia. No inflow has been reported into the major dams in the central part of the country. The water in the three dams, which supply drinking water for Windhoek and the surrounding area, is currently nearly 50 percent of the full capacity. Windhoek´s residents are supposed to save at least 5% of their normal consumption.

Nearly 50 percent of full capacity in Namibia’s dams

Scorpion Hill anti-poaching station inaugurated

16. November 2017 inke - Environment

Foot patrols are scouring the dry bush of Etosha National Park day after day. The patrols are looking for poachers. Rhinos, though threatened with extinction, are the main target of poachers who operate in the world-famous park. Now the members of the patrols have a place right there in the bush where they can rest for a few days, take a shower and replenish their provisions. 

Scorpion Hill anti-poaching station inaugurated

Beware of elephants in the wild

13. October 2017 inke - Environment, Discover Namibia, Tourism

Always remember that the gentle giants are wild animals! They cannot think as we do but their memory is legendary – an elephant never forgets, as the saying goes. Also remember that we are encroaching on their space, not the other way round. Elephants are seen as being good-natured, deliberate, calm and tame. But when we cross the invisible line between them and us they are dangerous, powerful, ruthless and unpredictable. 

Beware of elephants in the wild

Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

06. October 2017 inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

To see the second largest canyon with your own eyes is always an exciting experience. To stand in front of that huge gorge in the middle of the crimson landscape, which cleaves in endless curves and turns, makes you feel small and unimportant. Within a second, there’s no space for stress or worries – all that counts is the calmness and dignity of this great canyon. A truly unique experience. Well, that was my opinion until I got the chance to hike inside the Fish River Canyon for three days and to learn that no viewpoint could ever show you the true face of that beautiful landscape.

Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

05. October 2017 inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

One of the few line-fish species sought after by anglers on our coast, is the west coast seabream (Lithognathus aureti), better known as Steenbras. The bigger the fish the better, but that had tremendous effects on the species. In the 90s Dr Hannes Holtzhausen, researcher at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, found out that the west coast seabream is one of the few species which is protandrous. 

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

Bush crickets - the creeps or fascination?

22. September 2017 inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

In some years thousands of armoured bush crickets are run over on Namibia’s arterial roads at the end of the rainy season, when winter is on its way. The spiky, almost black insects are about three centimetres long and occur only during the summer months. One of their defence mechanisms is to squirt their yellow blood. Many people find them disgusting. Colloquially this cricket is referred to as dickpens (Afrikaans for fat stomach).

Bush crickets - the creeps or fascination?

Did you know that snakes eat other snakes?

05. September 2017 inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

In the midst of a dense bush an Oates’ bird snake (Thelotornis capensis oatesi) is holding on to a Leopard whip snake (Psammophis leopardinus). The prey, gripped behind its head, finds itself lodged askew in the far back of the bird snake’s mouth. Bird snakes usually eat lizards, chameleons and frogs. They rarely catch birds and other snakes. Cobras in particular are known for eating other snakes.

Did you know that snakes eat other snakes?

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