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Khaudum: In the stranglehold of drought

Avatar of inke inke - 12. November 2019 - Environment

Large numbers of blue wildebeest and roan antelope venture to the life sustaining water early in the morning. They flee at the slightest disturbance and cautiously observe the surroundings before they dare to return to drink.

Dirk Heinrich

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.

In the past rainy season the maximum rainfall was only 200 mm. The pans inside and outside Khaudum did not fill up with water, forcing the elephants to stay in the park. Instead of pumping water for the animals for just three or four months, the Ministry of the Environment has already had to provide water for 15 months – an expense which was not budgeted for. The park has twelve artificial water points and two natural springs. Under normal circumstances the solar pumps at the artificial water points easily keep the drinking troughs filled. The heat, however, gives everyone a particularly hard time: the animals, the pumps, the vehicles and the equipment.

For more information on the current situation in Khaudum National Park, please have a look on Namibia Outdoor

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