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Not a scorpion and no real spider

25. February 2020, koney - Environment

This animal is a combination of two species, spider and scorpion, and therefore looks scary and disgusting at the same time for many. These crawling animals are also called " tailless whip scorpions". However, it is a completely harmless whip spider, of which there are more than 200 species worldwide. The front legs look like antennae or whips and give the animal the name whip spider.

Not a scorpion and no real spider

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

13. February 2020, koney - Environment

Like everywhere in Namibia, nature comes to life when it finally rains again after a long dry period. The Etosha National Park also blossoms and not only plants let new leaves sprout and flowers bloom in all colours and shapes. Countless insects, which have been waiting for this moment of abundance in the dried-out earth, hatch and fly around. Several bird species fly back from their European or Central and East African winter quarters to raise their offspring in the rainy green.

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

11. February 2020, koney - Environment

A rock the size of a head, covered with lichens, is like a little colourful garden. North of Wlotzkasbaken, a field of an orange shimmer can be seen. A closer look reveals thousands of fruticose Cape Hair lichen (Teloschistis capensis), which cover many square kilometres in the Namib Desert. Lichens are not said to be plants but rather a symbiosis of tubular mushrooms and blue-green algae.

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

The Western Marbled Emperor

04. February 2020, koney - Environment

After the first good rains between December and February, large white-grey moths with a wing length of 6.5 to 9.5 cm appear. They are easy to recognize by the grey-brown pattern and the jagged brownish-yellow lines on the front and rear wings. A special feature is the so-called eye on the front wings, a circular mark to scare off predators. 

The Western Marbled Emperor

The Wild Horses of the Namib

17. January 2020, koney - Environment

At the beginning of 2019, when it appeared that the population of wild horses was in its final hour, with no solution in sight, there was a massive outcry from the Namibian public and horse-lovers across the globe. The dire situation prompted Minister of Environment and Tourism to personally step in, and for the ministry to remove several of the hyenas from the clan.

The Wild Horses of the Namib

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

14. January 2020, koney - Environment

Less than a metre from the bottom of dried-up Avis Dam on the outskirts of Windhoek, chirping little red and black balls of fluff seem to hover above the fresh greenery. Every so often they settle down on the taller stalks, just to fly up again after a short while. The colourful display is staged by numerous Red Bishop males which started to breed after the first rain and the subsequent appearance of long grasses and other plants.

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

07. January 2020, koney - Environment

The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) has presented its 2019 Conservationist of the Year Award to the 35 participants in the Namibia’s Black Rhino Custodianship programme for their selfless dedication to the cause. The custodians, many of them NAPHA members, are 25 commercial farmers and private companies as well as ten communal conservancies.

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

Namibian artist at the Abidjan Green Art Biennale

02. January 2020, koney - Environment

The first Abidjan Green Arts Biennale, an art event in the Banco National Park in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, focused on transient works of art by international artists in the midst of a rainforest. Deciphering the forest instead of clearing it. The idea is to create, while sensitizing to the protection of the environment. From 25 November to 10 December 2019 he invited artists from all over the world to Côte d'Ivoire, including Namibian-born Imke Rust.

Namibian artist at the Abidjan Green Art Biennale

Drought affects return of the Blue Cranes

17. December 2019, inke - Environment

At the end of November 2019 there is hardly any green left in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia. Only the mopane trees are green, not a single blade of grass is left. Most bushes and shrubs look almost dead. The condition of the herbivores is anything but good. The animals have to walk long distances to find food and then have to make the long way back to the waterholes. The park’s birdlife also suffers under the drought, among them Blue Cranes, a rare and endangered species in Namibia. 

Drought affects return of the Blue Cranes

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