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The Wild Horses of the Namib

17. janvier 2020, koney - Environment

At the beginning of 2019, when it appeared that the population of wild horses was in its final hour, with no solution in sight, there was a massive outcry from the Namibian public and horse-lovers across the globe. The dire situation prompted Minister of Environment and Tourism to personally step in, and for the ministry to remove several of the hyenas from the clan.

The Wild Horses of the Namib

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

14. janvier 2020, koney - Environment

Less than a metre from the bottom of dried-up Avis Dam on the outskirts of Windhoek, chirping little red and black balls of fluff seem to hover above the fresh greenery. Every so often they settle down on the taller stalks, just to fly up again after a short while. The colourful display is staged by numerous Red Bishop males which started to breed after the first rain and the subsequent appearance of long grasses and other plants.

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

07. janvier 2020, koney - Environment

The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) has presented its 2019 Conservationist of the Year Award to the 35 participants in the Namibia’s Black Rhino Custodianship programme for their selfless dedication to the cause. The custodians, many of them NAPHA members, are 25 commercial farmers and private companies as well as ten communal conservancies.

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

Namibian artist at the Abidjan Green Art Biennale

02. janvier 2020, koney - Environment

The first Abidjan Green Arts Biennale, an art event in the Banco National Park in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, focused on transient works of art by international artists in the midst of a rainforest. Deciphering the forest instead of clearing it. The idea is to create, while sensitizing to the protection of the environment. From 25 November to 10 December 2019 he invited artists from all over the world to Côte d'Ivoire, including Namibian-born Imke Rust.

Namibian artist at the Abidjan Green Art Biennale

Drought affects return of the Blue Cranes

17. décembre 2019, inke - Environment

At the end of November 2019 there is hardly any green left in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. Only the mopane trees are green, not a single blade of grass is left. Most bushes and shrubs look almost dead. The condition of the herbivores is anything but good. The animals have to walk long distances to find food and then have to make the long way back to the waterholes. The park’s birdlife also suffers under the drought, among them Blue Cranes, a rare and endangered species in Namibia. 

Drought affects return of the Blue Cranes

Invasive Prosopis trees a threat for nature and agriculture

13. décembre 2019, inke - Environment

Driving on the gravel road from Bitterwasser past Hoachanas to Stampriet east of Mariental travellers encounter a dry riverbed parallel to the road. The riverbed is full of green trees, a pleasing sight in this dry and barren part of Namibia. This green belt in the Auob River is treacherous however, as it consists mainly of Prosopis trees, an alien invasive species threatening indigenous flora since it also competes for underground water.

Invasive Prosopis trees a threat for nature and agriculture

Aerobatics, clownery and an amazing family tree

10. décembre 2019, koney - Environment

The Bateleur Eagle is one of the most colourful raptors in Namibia. Unfortunately, its numbers have dropped sharply – not only in Namibia but in the whole of Africa. In southern Africa the Bateleur is classified as endangered, in Namibia as highly endangered. The Bateleur owes its French name to their amusing behaviour on the ground as well as in the air.

Aerobatics, clownery and an amazing family tree

Khaudum: In the stranglehold of drought

12. novembre 2019, inke - Environment

In Khaudum National Park in north-eastern Namibia nature conservation officials currently have to cope with numerous challenges: no water for the animals, a lack of fuel for pumps and vehicles, a lack of finances, a lack of staff and difficult terrain. But time and again they manage to find sponsors for pumping the vitally important water for the more than 3000 elephants, countless antelopes, predators and birds.

Khaudum: In the stranglehold of drought

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