Namibia’s 15 key birds

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Gaining independence in 1990, Namibia is one of Africa’s “newer” nations, although not quite as newborn as South Sudan which has yet to celebrate its first anniversary! However, Namibia’s colonial history began earlier, in 1884 when it was annexed by the Germans. Interestingly, Walvis Bay, a port town on the central Namibian coastline was only ceded to Namibia in 1994 as historically it was occupied by the British and became an isolated add-on to South Africa’s Cape Province.

Namibia Seeks Funding for Drone Army to Fight Poaching


A private conservation trust has been formed in Namibia to fund the acquisition of up to 14 aerial drones to combat poaching in remote areas. The “Next Generation Conservation Trust” Read More The post Namibia Seeks Funding for Drone Army to Fight Poaching appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News


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Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition

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And so, back to political entities, this field guide covers Namibia , Botswana , Zimbabwe , the southern half of Mozambique (south of the Zambezi River), South Africa , Lesotho and Eswatini ( Swaziland ).

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This is How We Do It in Namibia: A Happy Conservation Story. {Video}

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Namibia is home to the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told. Homepages (Gold Tabs)* Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Inspiring (Wow) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today african elephants conservation namibia poaching wildlife WWF

Tourism Boycott Heats up as Namibia Prepares to Kill 91,000 Seals

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The lesser known hunt in Namibia? I interviewed him for a story that was published today in The Ecologist ; he claims that his operation is the ‘best worst option out there,’ but animal rights activists disagree and have launched a campaign to boycott all of Namibia’s key industries until the government ends the annual, brutal slaughter of 91,000 seals for their fur and body parts.

Sea Shepherd Aerial Drone to Monitor Namibia Seal Slaughter


Sea Shepherd Conservation Society undertook a dangerous campaign in Namibia last year, in an attempt to document the seal hunt at Cape Cross, a tourist spot and a designated seal Read More The post Sea Shepherd Aerial Drone to Monitor Namibia Seal Slaughter appeared first on Ecorazzi.


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World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

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Seal Clubbing Video Reveals Horrors of Namibia's Seal Clubbing


Earthrace Conservation today released graphic footage captured by covert filming of the annual seal cull on one of Namibia’s highest security beaches, Atlas Bay, a lucrative diamond mining area. The footage shows dozens of seal pups being driven across the beach to be clubbed to death by a team wielding what appear to be pick axe handles before their carcasses are loaded into a pick-up truck for disposal. link].

Hatem Yavuz is the King of Seal Killers

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Hatem Yavuz buys the pelts of every one of the 86,000 seal pups that are slaughtered every year in Namibia. Every year in Namibia, 86,000 Cape Fur Seal pups are butchered to death and only one man has the contract to turn their fur into so-called fashionable apparel. Green Prophet recently caught up with Pat Dickens, founder of the Seals of Nam, a non-profit organization that has been campaigning to end Namibia’s annual seal cull on the Cape Cross Seal Reserve.

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An Inspired Future: How One African Nation Took Back Their Land & Lives. ~ Marylee Fairbanks

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War broke out in John’s home country of Namibia between 1966 and 1990. John Kasaona was a child when his father took him into the bush and taught him to hunt. His father understood and respected the wildlife. He regarded the land and its inhabitants as an extension of himself. People fought for control. Poaching [.].

Heroines for the Planet: Cheetah Conservation Fund Founder Dr. Laurie Marker

Eco Chic

We spoke to Dr. Marker about what cheetahs are up against around the world, her recent Clinton Global Initiative commitment, and what it’s like to live in Namibia, Africa. As I traveled to Namibia several times during the 1970s and 1980s I saw that cheetahs were considered vermin and were being killed at an alarming rate. Lindsay: In 1991, you sold your possessions and moved to Namibia to help save the cheetahs and co-create CCF.

Animal Planet’s ‘SEAL WARS’ Gets a Fantastic Trailer


We first caught wind of Animal Planet’s “Seal Wars” development last August – after a Sea Shepherd campaign infiltrated Namibia’s notorious seal slaughter. “We We created quite a controversy in Namibia, Read More. Animals Causes Film/TV News Top News

Dallas Safari Club to ‘Save Rhinos’ By Auctioning Off a Rhino Hunt


Fish and Wildlife Service will allow the ''trophy,'' a critically endangered black rhino, to be imported from Namibia. The U.S. Read More The post Dallas Safari Club to ‘Save Rhinos’ By Auctioning Off a Rhino Hunt appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News

First American in 30 Years Imports Black Rhino Trophy Kill


Reinke claims he is committed to saving the endangered black rhinoceros - so much so that he traveled to Namibia where he contributed nearly $200,000 to a trust fund for the opportunity to shoot and kill one. David K. Read More The post First American in 30 Years Imports Black Rhino Trophy Kill appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes Environment News Top News

An Astronaut’s-Camera View of Earth

Wend Magazine

In addition to spanning across the planet–showing outstanding geographical spots such as the coast of Namibia, the Kamchatka Peninsula and Utah’s Salt Lake–the film captures weather conditions from the perspective of a space ship–such as the thunderhead that appears over what the narrator suspects is the Amazon River. Click here to view the embedded video. Sure, you’ve seen photos from space.

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How eco-friendly are barbecues?

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If you are shopping on price, and there are some who will, no doubt have to, alas, that charcoal will arrive typically via Felixstowe on a giant container ship from Namibia, 5,000 miles away, of from other, far away places. Charcoal producers, in Namibia, and elsewhere, are paid by the tonne, and it is easy to chop down a large, protected tree, so charcoal is fueling deforestation. A 2010 investigation, “Namibia's Black Gold?”,

Oxford says Africa’s not going green this decade

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New research from the University of Oxford predicts that total electricity generation across the African continent will double by 2030, with fossil fuels continuing to dominate the energy mix – posing potential risk to global climate change commitments. .

‘Seal Wars’: Is Animal Planet Prepping Another Sea Shepherd Series?


Now, on the heels of the conservation org’s secret infiltration of Namibia’s seal hunt comes hints of yet another potential series/special. “We created quite a controversy in Namibia, we can’t disclose what footage we captured, as Animal Planet have exclusive rights to it for the show ‘Seal Wars’, said Steve Roest on Facebook, who led the team into Namibia.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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401-600 sp: Honduras, Guatemala, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay; the Sahel countries (Africa), Namibia and Botswana; Central Asian countries and Cambodia. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website.

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The Bee-eaters of Africa

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Northern & Southern Carmine Bee-eater A flock of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters near a colony along the Zambezi River in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip by Adam Riley Arguably Africa’s most decadent bee-eaters, they used to be considered a single species but are now split, the principal physical difference being the green versus red throat of the Northern form. Excellent sites include Namibia’s Etosha National Park and Ethiopia’s Awash National Park.

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What is a Palm-thrush?

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Across the Chobe River from Kasane, overlooking the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. A post I wrote a few weeks ago where I made some disparaging remarks about America’s pseudowarblers (and poetry) generated a certain amount of negative feedback, and clearly some apologies are in order. Mum, Dad, I’m sorry I described my childhood as feral. As for the rest of you, poking fun at your pseudowarblers is too much fun for me to stop.

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Duncan’s 2015 List

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African Pygmy-goose ( Nettapus auritus ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 1 January. Long-tailed Cormorant, or Reed Cormorant ( Microcarbo africanus ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 2 January. African Darter ( Anhinga rufa ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 2 January. Hamerkop ( Scopus umbretta ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 1 January. Striated Heron, or Green Heron, ( Butorides striatus ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 2 December. Struthionidae (Ostriches).

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Termite technology to shape new ‘breathing’ buildings

Green (Living) Review

Dr Rupert Soar, a reader in sustainable technologies at Nottingham Trent University, and an expert in biomimetics, will travel to India and Namibia to digitally scan and analyse a variety of termite mounds. We believe as a team we have found the same principle in termite mounds in Namibia, except instead of using muscles to breathe, the termites construct a mound which uses the complex energy in turbulent wind to do the same thing.”

Why Are Rhinos Endangered?


A number of southern African countries like South Africa and Namibia had, for a time, stymied poaching through the use of strong law enforcement with intensive monitoring in areas that are specifically state-protected. Wildlife management policies of Namibia and South Africa heavily promote locally-managed, commercial use of wildlife, and are thereby encouraging the adoption of wildlife as a form of private land use [5]. Rhino couple in Namibia.

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Pink in Africa

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Another southern African endemic, this species ranges widely across the dry grasslands of central South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. They usually occur in pairs or small groups but can gather in the thousands when conditions are right – for example when Etosha Pan in Namibia floods. Of course Africa could not to be left out of the pink weekend so I have researched all African species whose official or alternative names include the word “pink”.

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Image by Adam Riley in Namibia. Image taken by Felicity Riley in Namibia. Image taken by Adam Riley in Namibia. Image taken in Namibia by Adam Riley. Weavers are truly magical birds, combining bright plumages with ingenious weaving talents and cheerful, noisy social lives. The IOC world birdlist recognizes 90 species that bear the name “weaver” or “malimbe” Not all of these are true weavers as we will discuss below.

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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Namibia (595 / 690). What are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to? And why? I discovered this map a while ago, hidden somewhere at the not so easy to navigate BirdLife International’s website, and I have used it as my computer wallpaper ever since. Usually, I interchange some birdy wallpapers several times per month, but this one has stayed for several months already. It makes me think what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? Why am I here?

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“The Birder’s Guide to Africa” by Michael Mills

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Tourist-friendly, but no endemics, hence serious birders visit it for a few add-on days to a trip to neighbouring Namibia, recommendable for a casual birder/nature lover not on a tight budget. Starting in the mid-1990s, there was a “where to watch birds in…” series of five site guides written by Nigel Wheatley and covering South America (1994), Africa (1995), Asia (1996), Europe & Russia (2000) and Central America & the Caribbean (2001).

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Hoatzins invaded South America from Africa … by raft

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From Namibia. We humans have a very deep and powerful urge to assemble individual data points into some sort of larger construct — to label and categorize them and understand how they relate to other things we know. Which is why, upon meeting new people, we want to know where they’re from, who their family is, what they “do,” or two or three other things, depending upon our cultural values.

Why Do We Need National Parks & Why Are They Important?


1 The Etosha National Park, Namibia. This and much more comes together in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. They often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But we would all agree that our world is full of breathtaking views of lush valleys, spectacular mountain tops, pristine rivers and many more. It would be impossible to discount the natural beauty of the landscapes of the Grand Canyon in the U.S.

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

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One of Africa’s unique birds, a Secretarybird photographed in Etosha National Park, Namibia The Cape Rockjumper belongs to an African endemic family comprising of 2 species Madagascar, oft termed the 8th continent, has her own attractions. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears. Better yet, offer up your eyeballs because we have a powerhouse post here that deserves, nay demands your full attention.

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I Remember Elephants

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Of those range states, opposed were South Africa, Namibia and, not surprisingly, Zimbabwe. Late last month, while searching for bears , woodpeckers and spirits of Greece, I deliberately avoided checking any news, especially from my home country. Every now and then, I need to cut the world off and clear my mind.

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Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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Prime destinations for seeing African Elephant in the wild include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Uganda. Black Rhinos are best sought in South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania. Lions are most easily found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Africa’s famous Big Five , but do you know there is also an equally fascinating Little Five ?

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The Green Climate Fund To Be Based in South Korea, But It's Empty


The Board of the fund has selected Songdo, Incheon City, South Korea, the board of the fund over Mexico, Germany ,Namibia, Poland and Switzerland who had also sought to be the headquarters. A new U.N. fund designed to manage billions of dollars to help developing nations combat climate change and called The Green Climate Fund will be based in South Korea.

Africa’s endangered species

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Image by Adam Riley African Penguin Also known as the Jackass (from its braying call) or Black-footed Penguin, Africa’s only penguin is restricted to the cooler southern section of the continent, breeding at 25 offshore and 4 mainland colonies in South Africa and Namibia. Image by Adam Riley Ludwig’s Bustard This attractive dry country bustard ranges across western South Africa, Namibia and just into southern Angola.

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Beaten by an Angry Bird

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A few years back, I birded northern Greece with a couple from Namibia. Noisy wing beats, heavy landing behind the stern, water splashing everywhere and then, a hit of a heavy wing on my upper arm…. It had been a while since I saw Greater Flamingoes and was thrilled to see them again. Nicolaas, who can see them back home any day commented that they are the most numerous wading birds in the world (the “most numerous” equaling “the least interesting”).

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Angelina Jolie’s Louis Vuitton Ad Benefits Charity


Back in January, it was announced that the couple had given a $2 million donation to the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia. While the exact amount is not known, we can confirm that Angelina Jolie did use some of the proceeds from her stunning new Louis Vuitton ad to benefit charity. The 36-year-old was reportedly paid a whopping $10M to star in the campaign, shot in Cambodia by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Angelina Jolie Plans Sahara Trek with Kids, Camel Needed


Jolie’s six kids, three adopted and three biological, come from very different areas of the world including Cambodia, Ethiopia, Namibia, and France. Shiloh, 5, Namibia. Angelina Jolie makes no bones about the pride she has in her family and the cultures that they come from. Recently she told UK’s Financial Times that she wants to take her kids on a trip across the Sahara desert because it would be a homecoming for two of her children, Zahara and Shiloh.

The Penguins of Boulders Beach

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African penguins lived and bred on islands off the coasts of Namibia and South Africa. There is another mainland colony in South Africa and one in Namibia. African penguins at Boulder Beach, South Africa. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. At Boulders Beach , it’s all about the penguins. From the moment you pull into the parking area at this reserve just to the south of Cape Town, South Africa, the black-and-white birds are impossible to miss.

Lebanon Joins CITES: Can we Stop Killing Everything Now?

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Africa’s elephants and rhinos have been getting a lot of attention in the international press recently as syndicated poaching groups grow more vigilant and organized, decimating hundreds of the last remaining populations in South Africa, Namibia and elsewhere. Only 177 countries behind the times, Lebanon has finally joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), The Daily Star reports.