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New book supports the conservation of Carmine Bee-eaters

Avatar of inke inke - 20. June 2019 - Culture, Gondwana Collection

The author Dr Pompie Burger (r) and Gys Joubert, CEO of Gondwana Collection Nambia, launched the book "Chariots of Fire".

Inke Stoldt

Bird lover and hobby photographer Pompie Burger launched his latest book tonight (20 June) in Windhoek. Chariots of Fire supports the conservation of the Carmine Bee-eater colony close to Zambezi Mubala Lodge which is said to be one of the largest breeding colonies in Africa. It also serves to inform local Namibians as well as tourists about how the delicate balance of the river ecosystem affects Carmine Bee-eaters.

The colourful birds arrive in their thousands in mid-August in a celebration of crimson and blue to breed in tunnels on the banks of the Zambezi River. They depart towards the end of the year from early November to late December, when they disperse through northern Namibia, travelling to south-central Africa for the winter. During their visit, the air is alive with vivid colours, birdsong and the swooping flight of the birds as they catch flying insects like grasshoppers, cicadas and dragonflies. Pompie Burger’s book captivates the reader with wonderful photos and deep insights into this amazing colony of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters.

“Tonight we celebrate the launch of this absolutely stunning book by Dr Pompie Burger in partnership with the Gondwana Care Trust,” Gys Joubert, the CEO of Gondwana Collection Namibia said at the book launch. “The printing of this book was made possible through the kind donations of Venture Media and John Meinert Printing so that all proceeds of the sale of these books go to the Sikunga fish guards who protect the colony up on the banks of the Zambezi river close to Gondwana’s Zambezi Mubala Lodge.” The fish guards in the area not only prevent illegal fishing on the Zambezi but also protect the sensitive riverine ecosystem, including this extremely vulnerable bird colony.

Books will be available at Gondwana Collection Curio Shops for N$400.00 each and in various book shops in Windhoek and Swakopmund. 

Pompie Burger: Chariots of Fire. Venture Media, Windhoek 2019. ISBN 978-99945-89-03-6

Book Cover: Chariots of Fire by Pompie Burger
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