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IUCN urges EU to make informed decisions about trophy hunting

©Lord Mountbatten

A summary of the IUCN’s report on trophy hunting and the importing of hunting trophies to the European Union.

Prominent Namibian businessman nabbed with ivory

Elephant in Etosha ©Janine Avery

Namibian businessman and communal farmer arrested after he was found in possession of ivory.

Poor treatment of farm workers exacerbates human-wildlife conflict

A victim of hungry lions. And post-apartheid cultural tensions. ©Niki Rust

Problems concerning the coexistence of people and wildlife is noted to be caused by conflict amongst humans, proving a need for greater collaboration with scientists, historians and psychologists in the conservation sector.

Namibian communities rely on hunting to protect wildlife

©Janine Avery

Namibian conservancies say that if trophy hunting were to banned they would see wildlife disappear within a month.

Elusive animals caught on camera trap

©Will Burrard-Lucas/WWF-US

WWF releases camera trap images by Will Burrard-Lucas of some of Namibia’s elusive animals – some of which have never been photographed in high definition before.

Video: When a black rhino falls into a waterhole

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Watch what happens in Etosha National Park, Namibia, after a black rhino falls into a waterhole.

Book Review: An Empty Coast by Tony Park

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Read all about An Empty Coast, a new novel by Tony Park, and you could WIN one of three copies of this exciting crime thriller!

Chinese man sentenced for rhino horn possession in Namibia

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A Chinese businessman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison or alternatively to pay N$100,000 for the illegal possession of two rhino horns.

Up close with cheetahs at Okonjima

© Anja Denker

A close-up encounter with cheetahs at Okonjima – home of the AfriCat Foundation.

Political figures could be involved in Namibian poaching saga

© Janine Avery

Rumours fly as Namibian officials fingered as “kingpins” involved in rhino and elephant poaching in Etosha National Park.

The little five in a land of sand

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Have you heard of the Namib Desert’s little five?

Prince Harry’s photos show the reality of poaching

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Prince Harry has released some personal accounts of his summer visit to southern Africa, sharing some insight into the poaching crises.

An African safari in a nutshell

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The ins and outs of an African safari.

Anti-hunting lobbyists cost Namibia dearly

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Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism says that anti-hunting lobbyists cost the Namibian government US$650,000 last year after pressurising the United States government on the legal auction of a black rhino hunt.

The 4th of December is International Cheetah Day!

© Vicky Morey

Celebrate the fifth annual International Cheetah Day on 4 December. What are you doing to help the fastest feline?!

An ex-military man with a heart for the Himba

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Meet Koos Verwey and learn about the work he does with the Himba communities in Namibia’s Kunene region.

Wildlife ranching in South Africa

© Quintus Strauss

Dr Peter Oberem takes a closer look at game breeding in South Africa as well as colour morphs and says why we should support wildlife ranching.

Rhino hunter sues airline

Corey Knowlton on his way to his fifteen minutes of fame

Corey Knowlton, the hunter who paid US$350,000 to shoot a black rhino is suing Delta Airlines for refusing to ship his trophy.

Rescuing Beatrice, the baby aardvark

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Rescuing “B”, the baby aardvark that got caught in a snare.

Namibia’s poaching business

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Since 2011, 230 elephants and more than 100 black rhinos have been reported as poached in Namibia, while the poaching of other animals such as lions and pangolins is also on the rise.

Research cheetah killed in Botswana

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Legolas, one of the beloved research cats of Cheetah Conservation Botswana, was shot and killed early this month beside the A2 Highway in the west of Botswana.

A local band on why Africa is amazing

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The band GoodLuck answers some questions on what they are looking forward to at the Vic Falls Carnival, why they love Africa and what it means to be African.

Tracking desert-adapted rhino in Namibia with Save the Rhino Trust

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An incredible opportunity to spend time in Namibia with Save the Rhino Trust and an examination of why the small team have achieved significant success.

6 desert-adapted species of the Namib

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Find out what it takes to survive in the Namib desert with these 6 desert-adapted creatures!

The six-eyed sand spider

© Michael Lorentz

Synchronicity, serendipity and the six-eyed sand spider; the most venomous and reclusive spider in Namibia.

Seven years with the Ovahimba

Ondjonga dance game by young women in the late afternoon, Etanga, Kunene Region. ©Rina Sherman

Rina Sherman spent seven years in the homelands of the Ovahimba people filming and photographed their everyday life and their ritual ceremonies and traditions.

Cattle and Chinese mining interests killing off Namibia’s black rhinos

14 rhino horns were found in the luggage of Chinese couriers at the airport in March 2014. DNA tests showed 13 of the horns originated from Kunene

Read how cattle and Chinese mining interests are killing off Namibia’s black rhinos.

Wellness and wildlife at Mokuti in Namibia

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If you’re looking for a place where you can feel right at home while also experiencing amazing wildlife encounters, Mokuti Etosha Lodge could be just the place for you!

Lion trouble in Namibia

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Lions could be in trouble in Namibia’s north-west if nothing is done to reduce human-predator conflict.

A leopard cub plays with its prey

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A tale of two tails as a leopard cub gets to grips with a small-spotted genet.

A Southern African Mesosaurus site

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Discovering the fossils of the Mesosaurus in Namibia.

Skydiving in Swakopmund

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The sensational experience of tandem skydiving over the Namib desert.

Why self-drive through Namibia?

Self-drive in Namibia

The advantages of a self-drive adventure in Namibia.

Black rhino hunted in Namibia

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In January 2014, Corey Knowlton bid US$350,000 for a permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in Namibia. He won the permit. The hunt is now complete. A rhino is dead.

Jackal: 1, wildcat: 0

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Who killed the wildcat?

Running for black rhinos in Namibia

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The Brandberg Rhino Run to raise money for Namibia’s Save the Rhino Trust to help protect black rhinos.

Chinese delegate at Elephant Summit asks about buying elephant penis

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A summary of the recent African Elephant Summit where a Chinese delegate asked about buying elephant parts including the trunk and penis.

It’s not the end of the game for Namibia

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Chairman of the Kunene Regional Conservancy Association responds to the article: End of the game for Namibia.

31 rhino carcasses discovered in Etosha

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31 rhino carcasses were discovered in the Etosha National Park during the course of last week.

5 interesting facts about the Himba

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Five amazing facts about the Himba tribe of north-western Namibia.

Elephant poached in Bwabwata

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An elephant was found dead at Muit’jiku village of Kavango East in the Bwabwata West National Park in Mukwe Constituency in Namibia.

End of the game for Namibia

Having been involved in Namibia’s community-based conservation programme over the past 20 years, Christiaan Bakkes is questioning whether the programme is still the success it has been hailed as.

The true story of a Namibian elephant’s death

Remember the story about so-called trophy hunter Johann Louw, who was trampled by a ‘desert-dwelling elephant bull’? Well it was falsely reported. Here is the true story.

Namibia to increase rhino and elephant protection

The Namibian government will beef up protection for rhino and elephants and tighten laws to curb increased poaching.

Save the Rhino trust to investigate staff members alleged involvement in poaching

The Save the Rhino Trust has launched an internal investigation for possible collusion between some staff members and poachers who have killed at least 17 critically endangered Kunene black rhinos.

5 pointers to get the most out of Etosha National Park

Some tips on what animals to find and where to look for them in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.

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