Conservation hero – J.A. (Albi) Brückner

28th of May 2012 10:58

Space. Vast, open, endless.  Namibia is known for this quality; however, it is not something to be taken lightly. Space needs protection and even a purpose.  Decades ago, Albi Brückner recognized this and began buying livestock farms in the Namib Desert, adding a few at a time and convincing others to join him.  Today this collection of private farms, which have all been rehabilitated and turned back to nature, is dedicated to sus

Discover the Khaudum National Park

22nd of May 2012 03:20

Hidden away in Namibia’s north-eastern Kavango Region, the Khaudum National Parkis not to be taken lightly. Rarely visited, very large, extremely wild and with only a rudimentary tourist infrastructure, it could be described as Namibia’s ‘forgotten wilderness’. If you have an adventurous streak, however, forgetting it would be a big mistake! A visit to the Khaudum National Park is all about adventure, discovering a true African w

Conservation Hero - Chief Mayuni

16th of May 2012 11:33

A traditional leader from Namibia’s Caprivi region who has travelled the world sharing his innovative approach to conservation and development, Chief Mayuni has been described as a leader, a visionary and a motivator.  A tireless champion for conservation and community development, Chief Mayuni is a Conservation Hero.  The Chief was one of the first to realize that tourism was the key to conservation and the recovery of wildlife

A World Without Borders

15th of May 2012 01:29

Recognizing that political boundaries have no place in ecological systems, Namibia signed a treaty on 1st August 2003 with neighboring South Africa to form the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. As a result of the union, the park protects a vast area that crosses the South African border, and encompasses one of the richest botanical hot spots in the world, the Succulent Karoo Biome. Visitors to this magical part of Namibia can now experience

Namibia Sets Global Conservation Example

11th of May 2012 12:04

By WWF Travel Namibia’s conservation programs are proving to be so successful that the unlikeliest of admirers - nations and conservation groups thousands of miles away - are taking notice. Mongolia is the latest nation to study how thriving community conservancies are transforming Namibia’s wildlife landscape. WWF is adapting the Namibian model for use in the Congo Basin. And the approach and lessons learned are being shared with colleagues

Annual Game Count

10th of May 2012 11:24

Seven million hectares, seven thousand kilometres, three hundred people, twenty-seven conservancies, two weeks... The numbers may sound impressive, but what do they mean? Namibia has been innovative and successful in developing community-based monitoring systems. A prime example is the annual North-West Game Count: what began as a pilot project in 2000 has become the largest road-based game count in the world. The count is repeated religiously at

Conservation Hero – Omba Arts Trust

9th of May 2012 09:19

By Ginger Mauney Because Namibia recognizes that conservation is about more than just a species or a place, I nominate Omba Arts Trust as my conservation hero.  They not only help local artisans keep traditional skills alive, they also change lives.  Omba’s roots go back 20 years when founder Karin le Roux developed a range of textiles with a group of unemployed women in a small rural village in the south of Namibia. Today, Omba Arts

Twyfelfontein Rocks!

8th of May 2012 11:04

, Twyfelfontein (meaning "doubtful fountain"), is a massive, open air art gallery. With over 2,000 rock engravings, Twyfelfontein represent one of the largest and most important rock art concentrations in Africa. In June 2007 this striking natural red-rock gallery of tumbled boulders, smooth surfaces and history etched in stone was awarded World Heritage Site status, making it Namibia’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site&n

Conservancies – By the people, for the people

7th of May 2012 01:44

Following Namibia's independence in 1990, one of the government’s priorities was to enable local communities in communal areas to legally access and benefit from their natural resources. Rural residents gained the rights to manage and benefit from the wildlife and related tourism resources in their area by forming conservancies. Management committees appointed by the people make decisions and benefits go directly to conservancy members. As impo

‘A Today show anchor left speechless!’

4th of May 2012 03:20

By Conrad Brain Keeping track of one elephant herd is a mammoth task – even with high tech tracking devices, an aircraft and many years of experience with the particular herd. Yet, on occasion they vanish, out of tracking range and out of your realm of expertise. It as at those times you have to reach out and take advice from superior knowledge. Luckily, like the elephants themselves, a small group of local people in Namibia also never forgets.

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