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Drought in Etosha National Park causes headaches

16. août 2019, inke - Environment

The current drought is worse than that of 1981, which is known as the drought of the century, says the Chief Conservation Officer of famous Etosha National Park, Deputy Director Pierre du Preez. The last rainy season (2018/19) on average yielded only 30 percent of Etosha’s normal rainfall, and the problem is further aggravated by the fact that especially the park’s western parts have experienced drought for the past three years.

Drought in Etosha National Park causes headaches

A special ‘house in a house’

06. août 2019, inke - Environment

Can I save water when taking a shower? How many people in Namibia cook with solar power, wood, gas or electricity? How can I save energy? How much water do I use every day and what for? What type of transport is the most environmentally friendly? These questions and many others are answered at the Urban Sustainability Centre of NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust) in Swakopmund.

A special ‘house in a house’

Bird Flu under Control, but Namibia’s Penguins are still threatened

09. juillet 2019, inke - Environment

The avian influenza A(H5N8) virus, which has claimed numerous victims among the African Penguin colony on Halifax Island near Lüderitzbucht since the beginning of this year, seems to be under control. According to penguin expert Dr Jessica Kemper, no dead penguins have been found on Halifax and the other islands off Namibia's coast since early May.

Bird Flu under Control, but Namibia’s Penguins are still threatened

Book in support of Carmine Bee-eaters in Zambezi

26. juin 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Carmine Bee-eaters

Namibia’s Zambezi Region is renowned for its lush vegetation, wildlife, amazing bird species and water abundance due to the mighty Zambezi River, the Kwando and the meandering water channels of the Chobe River. But a very special occurrence tops all of that each year when thousands of feathered migrants turn the skies red to descend on a specific area from August to December to breed.

Book in support of Carmine Bee-eaters in Zambezi

Checking out the Oxpecker

25. juin 2019, inke - Environment

Anyone who has visited the northern parts of the country will have noticed the brown-grey birds with the red or yellow-red beaks, sitting on cattle or wild mammals. When you want to take a photo they usually hide on the other side of the animal. These birds are Red-billed and Yellow-billed Oxpeckers. They mainly feed on ticks, not on maggots.

Checking out the Oxpecker

Namibia’s unique lichen fields

18. juin 2019, inke - Environment

The largest lichen fields outside the arctic and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere are found in the Namib Desert of Namibia. Lichens are often not easy to recognise at first glance. But if you leave the road and drive across these seemingly lifeless plains your vehicle will not only destroy countless lichens – the tyre tracks will also leave a very visible ugly scar in the desert landscape, which will remain visible for decades.

Namibia’s unique lichen fields

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