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Pearl-spotted owlet rescued - the story of 5H63061

21. August 2018, inke - Environment

In the middle of May a Windhoek resident called to tell me that her father-in-law had brought an injured pearl-spotted owlet with a ringed leg to her house. He had picked it up from a busy road in Klein Windhoek earlier that morning. She asked if I wanted to care for the owlet. When I brought the small bird home I noticed that I had actually ringed it myself. Owlet number 5H63061 had probably been hit by a vehicle.

Pearl-spotted owlet rescued - the story of 5H63061

The omnivorous Marabou Stork: old man in a tailcoat

14. August 2018, inke - Environment

Many people perceive the Marabou Stork as ugly or describe it as an old man wearing a tailcoat. Some call it the “undertaker bird”. The Marabou is a large member of the stork family, just under 1.5 metres tall. Since they are highly effective scavengers these storks are very useful to people. Marabou Storks are classified as “possibly endangered” in Namibia. 

The omnivorous Marabou Stork: old man in a tailcoat

Generally unknown: Namibia is an angler’s paradise

02. August 2018, inke - Environment, Sport

One doesn’t expect to find much fish in Namibia – after all it’s the driest country south of the Sahara.  And yet a large number of Namibians make a living from catching fish. Besides the fact that commercial fishing is the second largest sector of the economy there are also countless opportunities for leisure and sport angling. 

Generally unknown: Namibia is an angler’s paradise

A false entrance to the Cape penduline tit’s nest

24. July 2018, inke - Environment

Heavy gusts of wind are relentlessly battering the landscape. Trees and shrubs are blown back and forth for hours. Several metres above the ground an almost white nest dangles from a thin, thorny branch. It consists of soft plant material which looks like cotton wool. Crouched inside are three Cape Penduline Tit (Anthoscopus minutus) chicks. Cape Penduline Tits are among the smallest birds in southern Africa.

A false entrance to the Cape penduline tit’s nest

Six freshwater angling associations in Namibia

13. July 2018, inke - Environment, Sport

Sporting the oldest desert on earth, Namibia is known as a desert country. Perennial rivers are few, but where there is water there is fish, and where there is fish there is angling. The riverine landscapes of the northeast are a freshwater angler’s dream. A large variety of fish is found in the Okavango, Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Six angling associations are affiliated to the Namibia Federation for Freshwater Anglers (NFFA).

Six freshwater angling associations in Namibia

Mantises: Predators in the insect world

03. July 2018, inke - Environment

The well-camouflaged mantis sits on a flower motionless. Its splendid colours make for an excellent disguise. A little further on another mantis, camouflaged just as well, lies in wait among green leaves. A different species of mantis even sits on the bark of a shrub. There are 107 types (six families) of mantises in Namibia alone. They differ in size, shape and colour. 

Mantises: Predators in the insect world

The journey of young vulture J121 so far

18. June 2018, inke - Environment

A White-backed Vulture was fitted with the yellow plastic tags J121 on the wings on 16 October 2016 as a nestling together with 13 conspecifics at farm Aris south of Windhoek. In 2017, J121 was spotted at Okonjima Lodge, 221 km north of where he had hatched. Roughly one month later he appeared at the vulture restaurant maintained by NARREC in Brakwater near Windhoek. This just goes to show that vultures travel considerable distances in search of food. Vultures in Namibia, in southern Africa and on the African continent as a whole are threatened by extinction.

The journey of young vulture J121 so far

Own less, waste less, live more

14. June 2018, inke - Environment

Can you imagine producing only one jar of waste per year? Whether you believe it or not, it’s possible, even with a stylish lifestyle. Bea Johnson is the shining example for a Zero Waste lifestyle. “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” as The New York Times puts it, will visit Namibia next week and host inspirational talks in Windhoek and Swakopmund. Gondwana Collection is one of the proud sponsors supporting her stay in Namibia. 

Own less, waste less, live more

Taking stock of wildlife at Gondwana Kalahari Park

06. June 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

It is not only photographers who go into raptures: Gondwana Kalahari Park is characterised by a uniquely picturesque landscape of elongated dunes and valleys of red sand, yellow grass and green acacias. This private nature reserve (98 km²), owned by the Gondwana Collection, is home to animals which are typical for the Kalahari. A scientifically sound game management programme is monitored by qualified park management staff. An annual game count provides valuable data to the park management in terms of game numbers and diversity. The 2018 game count in Gondwana Kalahari Park took place on 2 and 3 June.

Taking stock of wildlife at Gondwana Kalahari Park

#ItsUp2Us – Gondwana supports nationwide clean-up campaign

24. May 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

The President of Namibia has called for a concerted effort to clean up the country. The Gondwana Collection is in, of course! Staffers of the Gondwana Travel Centre in Windhoek have already started to collect garbage in the neighbourhood today (24 May). Furthermore, each employee received a cotton bag in order to cut down on plastic shopping bags. 

#ItsUp2Us – Gondwana supports nationwide clean-up campaign

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