tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/namibia1 namibia news from mongabay.com 2015-01-20T03:22:47Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14232 2015-01-07T17:38:00Z 2015-01-20T03:22:47Z How black rhinos and local communities help each other in Namibia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0107.Photo-1-(credit-Dave-Hamman-Photography)-_-A-desert-adapted-black-rhino-in-north-west-Namibia.150.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Africa's rhinos are in a state of crisis. Poaching for their horn has resulted in the deaths of thousands of animals and pushed the continent's two species&#8212;the white and black rhino&#8212;against the wall. Yet, despite the crisis, there are pockets of rhino territory where poaching remains rare and rhinos live comparatively unmolested. Indeed, one of the brightest spots for rhinos is in Namibia. Jeremy Hance -18.820276 15.165756 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13472 2014-06-30T20:30:00Z 2014-12-30T22:40:17Z Super cute, but tiny, elephant-relative discovered in Namibia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0630.Micus_side_Jack-Dumbacher.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forget marsupials, the world's strangest group of mammals are actually those in the Afrotheria order. This superorder of mammals contains a motley crew that at first glance seems to have nothing in common: from elephants to rodent-sized sengi. Last week, scientists announced the newest, and arguably cutest, member of Atrotheria: the Etendeka round-eared sengi. Jeremy Hance 20.7281 14.1305 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13315 2014-05-29T20:42:00Z 2014-05-29T20:50:14Z Zebras for the win! Africa's longest land migration discovered <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0529-plains-zebra-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>With food and water scarce in many parts of Africa, many species migrate long-distances in order to survive. A new study published in the journal, <i>Oryx</i> has found a new record-breaker for the continent’s longest tracked terrestrial migration: a huge group of zebras that traveled a total distance of 500 kilometers (300 miles). Morgan Erickson-Davis -19.609010 21.569360 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12796 2014-02-20T16:02:00Z 2014-02-20T17:02:46Z Shoot to conserve: Corey Knowlton's rhino hunt escalates the debate over trophy hunting and environmentalism <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0113.800px-Black_rhinos_in_crater.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>'After a long conversation with the FBI I have decided to temporarily suspend my activity on this page. I want to thank all of you who have commented [on] this important issue of Black Rhino Conservation.' – Corey Knowlton, Feb 3, 2014. This was the last post on Corey Knowlton's Facebook page. Knowlton is the hunter who won the Dallas Safari Club auction on January 11th to kill a Critically Endangered black rhino. All the money&#8212;$350,000&#8212;will go to a fund to protect rhinos. The plan is that sometime soon&#8212;once the paperwork clears the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service&#8212;Knowlton will go to Namibia on a "trophy hunt" (accompanied by a park service official), shoot the designated rhino, and bring the old bull's hide back home to Texas. Jeremy Hance -19.103648 16.610412 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12626 2014-01-13T14:01:00Z 2014-01-13T14:20:33Z Trophy hunters auction off life of Critically Endangered black rhino The Dallas Safari Club has auctioned off a permit to shoot-and-kill a Critically Endangered black rhino in Namibia for $350,000. The club says the proceeds from the auction will aid rhino conservation, but the move has upset many wildlife organizations and attracted protestors outside the closed-door auction. In fact the issue has become so contentious that the FBI is currently investigating purported death threats against the Dallas Safari Club members over the issue. Currently, less than 5,000 black rhinos survive in the wild today, a drop of 90 percent since 1960 as the species has been decimated by poaching and habitat loss. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12054 2013-09-11T14:26:00Z 2013-09-12T02:52:56Z 600 vultures killed by elephant poachers in Namibia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0910vultures150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As the illegal poaching of African elephants and rhinos reaches epidemic levels, other species are also suffering catastrophic losses as a direct result of poachers' behavior. A recent incident in July, where a poisoned elephant carcass led to the death of 600 vultures near Namibia's Bwabwata National Park, has highlighted how poachers' use of poison is now one of the primary threats to vulture populations. Tiffany Roufs -18.076918 21.54086 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11939 2013-08-19T18:06:00Z 2013-08-19T18:14:47Z Worst drought in 30 years threatens millions in southern Africa with food insecurity Around 2 million people face food insecurity in northern Namibia and southern Angola as the worst regional drought in decades takes its toll, according to the UN. Two years of failed rains have pushed families into desperate conditions in a region already known for its desert-like conditions. In Namibia alone, experts estimate that over 100,000 children under five are at risk for acute malnutrition. Jeremy Hance -22.552513 17.063427 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11835 2013-07-25T18:44:00Z 2013-07-25T22:37:43Z Cheetah don’t overheat during hunts A new study published in <i>Biology Letters</i> finds that contrary to popular opinion, cheetah don’t overheat during hunts. But their body temperature rises after successful hunts due to stress than another predator may seize their prey. Rhett Butler -20.814211 16.653357 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11213 2013-04-11T17:49:00Z 2013-04-18T03:19:08Z Mad Max sequel runs over sensitive desert ecosystem in Namibia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0411namib-chameleon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Namib is the oldest desert on Earth, composed of gravel plains and dune fields that have been intact for circa 40 million years. It forms a thin strip along the coast of southwestern Africa running for approximately 2000 km from Namibia into Angola. Its unique assemblage of flora and fauna are specialised for desert life and include one of the longest lived organisms on the planet, a plant named <i>Welwitschia mirabilis</i>, with a lifespan of 5 - 15 centuries. The Namib is also home to the only truly desert dwelling chameleon on the globe, the Namaqu chameleon (<i>Chamaeleo namaquensis</i>). The gravel plains are home to a multitude of invertebrates and small vertebrates. The topsoil is gypsum and calcium carbonate enriched, and forms a delicate crust upon which impressions of tire tracks and footprints remain for decades. Rhett Butler -24.537129 15.325928 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9644 2012-06-11T12:35:00Z 2012-06-18T00:23:06Z Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate "natural capital" into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity&#8212;for example pollination, clean water, and carbon&#8212;is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development. Dubbed the Gaborone Declaration, the pledge was signed by Botswana, Liberia, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania following a two day summit. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9602 2012-06-04T18:14:00Z 2012-06-04T19:06:19Z Animal picture of the day: tracking cheetahs in Namibia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Cheetahs-fitted-with-collars-(c)-Na-an-ku-se-Research-Project.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The N/a’an ku se Carnivore Conservation Research Project in Namibia has recently been tracking a male cheetah named Boris. After caught hunting in a game farm, Boris was captured, tagged with a radio collar for GPS tracking, and released back into the wild. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8554 2011-10-17T00:23:00Z 2011-10-17T00:23:31Z Animal picture of the day: jackal on the beach The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) is the world's oldest canine according to fossils, beating out wolves and coyotes. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8169 2011-07-17T01:22:00Z 2011-07-17T02:05:11Z Picture of the day: 4x4 driving down a giant sand dune in Namibia 4x4 driving down a giant sand dune in Namibia. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7857 2011-05-12T20:01:00Z 2011-05-14T05:18:35Z NASA Photos: beyond Mississippi flood, southern Africa sees record deluges <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/namibia_rainstorm_photo.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While record crests of the Mississippi River are creating havoc in the southern US, this is not the only region in the world facing unprecedented flooding. Huge rain events have produced floods in southern Africa as well, impacting Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. Since last year rainfall has been above average in much of these regions, including a record deluge this month in Namib Desert, where more rain fell in just one day in than usually does in an entire year. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7693 2011-04-05T02:50:00Z 2011-04-05T03:01:37Z Iconic cheetah, Chewbaaka, dies The symbol of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), a male cheetah named Chewbaaka has passed away. At the age of 16, Chewbaaka outlived most cheetahs in the wild, but was killed from wounds suffered after a rabid kudu leapt into his enclosure. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6892 2010-10-11T17:17:00Z 2010-10-11T17:38:04Z Citizens of 188 countries challenge leaders on climate change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/climateworkparty.nz.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As world leaders continue to fumble a coherent, rapid, and comprehensive response to climate change, citizens from around the world yesterday sent a message to inert politicians by participating in over 7,300 events against climate change, according to 350.org, the head organizer of the day dubbed the 'Global Work Party'. "The fossil fuel industry may have thought that the collapse of the Copenhagen talks and its victory in the U.S. Congress were the final word—that people would give up in discouragement," said, Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, so-called because 350 parts per millions (ppm) is the 'safe' amount of carbon in the atmosphere according to many scientists. Currently the concentration is around 390 ppm. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5032 2009-10-15T18:11:00Z 2009-10-15T18:36:19Z Uganda to open its doors to big game hunters Uganda, which suffered a 90 percent decline in large mammals during the 70s and 80s, has now lifted a decades-long ban on big game hunting, reports the AFP. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4873 2009-08-19T18:03:00Z 2015-01-19T00:17:23Z Camping in the Okavango Delta in Botswana <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0819elephant.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The first animal we saw in the Okavango was unmistakable. Although far away, we could easily make it out with its telltale trunk: an African elephant—the world’s largest land animal—was striding peaceably through the delta’s calm waters. We watched, entranced, from the mokoro, a small boat powered and steered by a local wielding a long pole to push the craft along. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4360 2009-03-09T17:00:00Z 2015-01-08T01:10:28Z All about giraffes: an interview with a giraffe expert <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g94/troufs/Julian_picture_Board-2.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dr. Julian Fennessy probably knows the giraffe better than anyone. Trekking across savannah, forest, and the deserts of Africa, Fennessy is collecting genetic samples of distinct giraffe populations and overturning common wisdom regarding their taxonomies. It had long been accepted knowledge that the giraffe was made up of one species and several subspecies, however with Fennessy's work it now appears that several of the subspecies may in fact be distinct species. Such discoveries could have large conservation impacts, since conservation funds and efforts are largely devoted to species. The giraffe has suffered significant declines in the past decade with the total population dropping some 30 percent across Africa. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3507 2008-11-14T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:55Z Cheetah conservationist awarded for renewable energy product that helps wildlife Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and Executive Director of the <a target=_blank href=http://www.cheetah.org>Cheetah Conservation Fund</a> (CCF), has been awarded $50,000 by the Tech Museum of Innovation for her organization's Bushblok program which uses a high-pressure extrusion process to convert invasive, habitat-destroying bush into a clean-burning fuel log. Bushblok provides an alternative to products such as firewood, coal, lump charcoal and charcoal briquettes that are costly or result in environmental harm. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3536 2008-11-07T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:16:01Z South Africa auctions last of 'legal' elephant ivory to China, Japan South Africa sold 47 metric tons of elephant ivory to Chinese and Japanese buyers for $6.7 million in what was the final of four auctions sanctioned by CITES, an international agreement on the wildlife trade. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3374 2008-10-30T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:31Z Elephant ivory auction produces low prices, controversy The first internally-sanctioned auction of elephant ivory since 1999 produced lower-than-expected prices, but plenty of controversy, reports Reuters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3471 2008-10-02T14:30:00Z 2012-09-12T21:13:51Z Cheetah population stabilizes in Namibia with support from farmers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/08/1002lm150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Viewing the world's fastest land animal as a threat to their livestock, in the 1980s farmers killed half of Namibia's cheetah population. The trend continued into the early 1990s, when the population was diminished again by nearly half, leaving less than 2,500 cheetah in the southern African country. Today cheetah populations have stabilized due, in large part, to the efforts of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an organization founded by Dr. Laurie Marker. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3311 2008-09-16T14:30:00Z 2014-12-02T21:35:51Z Group takes 'venture capital' approach to conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/08/0917charlie150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An innovative group is using a venture capital model to save some of the world's most endangered species, while at the same time working to ensure that local communities benefit from conservation efforts. The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), an organization based in Los Altos, California, works to protect threatened species by focusing on what it terms 'conservation entrepreneurs' -- people who are passionate about saving wildlife and have creative ideas for dong so. Rhett Butler