Conservation and Wildlife

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The Lions of Namibia

Many centuries ago, lions were one of the most numerous animals on earth. Today, their range has been decreased more than any other animal. Even in the conservation haven of Namibia, their populations are now confined mainly to the Northern reaches of the country....

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The Common Eland in Namibia

Although the giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus) is acknowledged as the largest antelope on earth, their average size overlaps with that of the common eland (Taurotragus oryx) to such an extent that the title is generally shared between the two.  The male common eland...

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Hippos in Namibia

While water-loving hippos are not commonly associated with Namibia, the hippo population of Namibia is estimated at around 1300 animals – mostly resident in the rivers of the Kavango and Caprivi regions in the far north-east of the country, a few small groups can be...

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The Damara Dik Dik

The Damara dik dik, or Kirk’s dik dik, is the Namibian version of the more common steenbok. Apart from being much rarer than their distant cousin, the Damara dik dik is also smaller with a grey-brown upper body instead of rufous (a reddish brown) coloured, and has a...

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Giraffes in Namibia

Namibia’s harsh dry environment may not seem like the ideal habitat for large browsing mammals but surprisingly, these animals thrive under such conditions, and the country is home to not one but two types of giraffe. Apart from the well-known South African giraffe,...

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Leopards in Namibia

There’s more to leopard print than 80’s fashion gear and traditional outfits.  This particular blend of spots and dashes, officially known as rosettes, are extremely effective at ensuring that the leopard remains one Africa’s most sought-after, yet least often seen,...

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Cheetahs – When Fur Flies

Hailed as the quickest animals on earth, Cheetahs are also one of Africa’s fastest disappearing species, and there are only about 10 000 of these creatures left today. Human intervention in all its forms is responsible for this rapid decline of almost 90% in the last...

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Team Wild Dog

The African wild dog, lycaon pictus, is one of the rarer creatures in nature, not only are they severely endangered, but their intelligence, social pack structure and attractive appearance make them one of the more memorable species on Africa’s list of predators.  ...

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