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Invasive Prosopis trees a threat for nature and agriculture

13. December 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. December 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. November 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

Written in the Sand: A fascinating insight into the Kalahari and its leopards

22. October 2019, inke - Environment

Count yourself lucky then if you do chance upon a leopard when visiting the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Internationally renowned wildlife management specialist Professor Koos Bothma has studied the leopards of the southern Kalahari for 19 years. His research has provided a rare and fascinating insight into these secretive cats. Now he has published a book, Written in the Sand, which was recently launched in Windhoek.

Written in the Sand: A fascinating insight into the Kalahari and its leopards

A small bird as a symbol of love and forgiveness

15. October 2019, inke - Environment

He is nimble, clever, cheeky. A feisty little guy who nevertheless tries to keep safe as far as possible. Not much attention is paid to him, although he is endemic to southern Africa and our constant companion – in large cities as much as in remote grasslands. But Passer melanurus, the Cape Sparrow, perhaps better known as mossie, is a delight to watch and in a way has even come to fame.

A small bird as a symbol of love and forgiveness

Water for hippos, other wild animals and cattle

10. October 2019, inke - Environment

Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, visited a waterhole in the dried up Chobe River on the border with Botswana at the end of August 2019. 69 hippos were stranded in the waterhole that started to dry out. Next to it, the Ministry of the Environment had drilled a 29-metre borehole and pumped water into the waterhole for eight hours every day. The muddy pool once again turned into a large pond sheltering hippos from the scorching heat during the day.

Water for hippos, other wild animals and cattle

Termites – doing earthworm work in arid areas

08. October 2019, inke - Environment

Worker termites industriously carry dry plant material to a small hole in the ground. Others climb onto the few blades of grass and cut them into small pieces, ready to be taken into the subterranean nest of the colony. Two species of harvester termites occur in Namibia: a type of Microhodotermes is found only in the south, while Hodotermes mossambicus is spread across the rest of the country.

Termites – doing earthworm work in arid areas

Drought forces farmer to shred bushes

01. October 2019, inke - Environment, Economics

On most of the country's farms there is currently not a single blade of grass left. Farmers have drastically reduced their livestock and moved the small number of remaining animals to the few grazing areas available for rent, or they feed their animals with shredded bush. The latter is a solution which sees the animals through until the next rainy season and at the same time solves the problem of bush encroachment.

Drought forces farmer to shred bushes

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