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Checking out the Oxpecker

25. June 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. June 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

Out of death comes life – observations at a waterhole

04. June 2019, inke - Environment

Less than ten minutes after nature conservation officials have pulled a dead giraffe bull from the man-made waterhole the first black-backed jackal appears at the scene. This little predator cannot bite through the giraffe’s thick skin, so it goes for the tongue of the dead animal. More jackals turn up, soon they are joined by a spotted hyena that is attracted by the stench of the carcass. More and more hyenas emerge from between the green mopane trees. 

Out of death comes life – observations at a waterhole

The Etosha Pan holds fossils of mammoths and prehistoric antelopes

21. May 2019, inke - Environment

Once upon a time when mammoths roamed northern Namibia and the Etosha Pan. The South African mammoth was more than 3.5 metres tall and weighed nine tons. Fossils of this species have been discovered in the Ekuma Delta. Experts like French palaeontologist Professor Martin Pickford need just one bone, a tooth or a snail shell to identify the species which has been extinct for millions of years. 

The Etosha Pan holds fossils of mammoths and prehistoric antelopes

President declares state of emergency because of drought

07. May 2019, inke - Environment, Weather

President Hage Geingob declared this afternoon (6th May 2019) a state of emergency because of the drought in the country. He said in a statement, that “the rainy season is almost over and we did not receive good rainfall. This means that we are facing the natural disaster of a drought and many will be affected by the situation.” He further said that during the period of the state of emergency, Government shall endeavour at all times to protect Namibians and their livestock from the drought.

President declares state of emergency because of drought

Puff adders responsible for most of the serious snakebites in southern Africa

23. April 2019, inke - Environment

Puff adders occur almost everywhere in Namibia, the only exception are the dunes of the Namib Desert. This is a very well camouflaged snake which occurs in different colour variations but always with the same characteristic pattern. It is slow moving, most active at night and hides during the day. In the mornings it likes to lie in the sun. In the early evening puff adders often lie on the tar road, especially in the beginning of winter.

Puff adders responsible for most of the serious snakebites in southern Africa

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