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Namibia's smallest antelope whistles when it senses danger

18. janvier 2019, inke - Environment

Animals prick up their ears at the shrill whistling sound and flee. It takes a while before the whistler is identified, if he has not taken flight himself and is betrayed by moving. It is not easy to discover a Damara dik-dik standing dead still in dense vegetation. These hare-sized little antelopes owe their name dik-dik to their warning call.

Namibia's smallest antelope whistles when it senses danger

Fascinating giants – baobab trees

11. janvier 2019, inke - Environment

Some landscapes of northern Namibia are relatively lush, featuring tall trees and shrubs. One tree species, however, stands out due to its extraordinary shape – the baobab tree. Many myths and legends exist about these majestic trees, which appear to be relics from a different era of our planet’s evolution. These fascinating giants witnessed many events on the African continent spanning more than a thousand years.

Fascinating giants – baobab trees

Take your garbage with you and stay on busy roads

20. décembre 2018, inke - Environment, Tourism

It’s the holiday season! Holidaymakers are flocking to the coast in droves. They want to enjoy the beach and nature in general by driving into the Namib Desert and thus into our national parks. Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures. For many years this well-meant piece of advice was intended to promote environmental protection. Nowadays it needs to be rephrased to get the message across more clearly. 

Take your garbage with you and stay on busy roads

When nature goes haywire

18. décembre 2018, inke - Environment

Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone for grooming their beaks. Birds in the wild have plenty of opportunities to groom their beaks, but occasionally there are some that do not succeed.  When nature goes haywire, the upper or lower beak – or even the entire beak – may become crooked and too long. 

When nature goes haywire

Handle undersize fish with care

13. décembre 2018, inke - Environment

Holiday time! Fun, joy and fishing on the beach! Every year thousands of Namibians and visitors from neighbouring countries visit the coastal towns of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Wlotzkasbaken and Henties Bay to enjoy the cooler weather at the Atlantic Ocean and to relax on the beaches. One of the favourite pastimes is angling, but a permit is required for any recreational fishing. 

Handle undersize fish with care

Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

11. décembre 2018, inke - Environment

The Namibian Government has banned plastic bags in national parks and nature reserves as from 22 November 2018. Visitors and their vehicles will be searched at park entrances. A spot fine of N$500 (about 32 Euros) must be paid, when found with forbidden plastic bags inside a park by officials. Alternatively, a prison term of up to six months could be ordered or both a fine and imprisonment.

Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

Bushfires a seasonal occurrence in north-eastern Namibia

07. décembre 2018, inke - Environment

Over large parts of Namibia the sky has a greyish white tinge during August and September. From a plane you will definitely notice the layer of smog which hovers up to 12000 feet (3657 metres) above sea level, or about 2000 metres above the ground. Countless bushfires, some of them huge, are the reason for the greyish white sky and for air pollution at levels high above the ground – especially in north-eastern Namibia and in neighbouring Angola, Zambia and Botswana.

Bushfires a seasonal occurrence in north-eastern Namibia

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