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DESERT LIONS attack giraffe

01/04/2010

XPL_10 attack a full grown giraffe in the Hoanib River (Kunene, Namibia):


Since 2002, XPL_10 can be seen as the founding lioness of a new era of Skeleton Coast lions.

She has produced and successfully raised two litters of cub (2002 and 2004), and has seen to it that they are suitably skilled and adaptated for survival along Namibia Skeleton Coast.

 


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Desert Elephants : WWF footage

20/03/2010
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African elephants on the savannah in Damaraland, Namibia.

Learn more at http://www.worldwildlife.org/TED

Our Desert Elephants tours runs on scheduled departure as well as on tailor made.

Videography by Chris Eckstrom
© 2010 Chris Eckstrom//Frans Lanting Productions/www.lanting.com

Lions & Dunes

14/03/2010
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Dr Philip Standers made a new beautiful videos of lions roaming in a dune environment close to the Ocean, posted on his site (03/05/2010).

Our Desert Lions tours runs on scheduled departure as well as on tailor made.

Integrated Rural Development & Nature Conservation

11/03/2010
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Garth Owen-Smith, Co-Director of Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), discusses conservation work in Namibia.

Chosen quotes:

  • “For the remoted part of the country where wildlife still exists they have been marginalized in terms of conventional development, they get very little of it. So that has really turned the situation around it had created a vehicle for development for in inflow of cash that enables them to move forward in the world where they were left behind because they were so far from the center”
  • “there is people that believe that is program is expected to alienate poverty from rural areas, it is far too much too expect but what it certainly can do is diversify the economy of the local people and make it more sustainable because if we have another major drought in the north west they can loose of cattle as it happened in the past and Tourism can help through…”
  • “The cost of living with lions is balanced by the income that they can get through trophy hunting which is high and for the moment the most lucrative way; but also by non hunting tourism which we really need to step out the benefits.”

NEWS FLASH #4 : end of an era

10/03/2010

On 14 December 2009 what was the oldest bull elephant in the area, died in the Hoarusib River some 4km west of Puros.  This bull designated as WKM-10 was equipped with a satellite GPS collar.  From the tracking data over years it appears as if WKM-10 was the widest ranging bull elephant in Africa.  What caused his demise remains uncertain.  Poaching has been virtually ruled out and indications are that he may have been in a savage fight with another elephant bull.  This has been recorded before.  Some of KCS clients may have photographs of this magnificent creature.

NEWS FLASH #3 – come rain

10/03/2010

The first rains have fallen in the north-western Kunene Region!

This harsh terrain is undergoing a kaleidoscopic transformation.  A sheen of pale green softens the rocky slopes of jagged mountains and endless desert plains harboring shimmering mirages of springbok, oryx, ostrich and a myriad of other wildlife.

Startling flashes of Phaeoptilum in bloom, outcrops bathed in sunlight streaming through dark thunderclouds in the afternoon sky add splashes of brilliant reds, warm gold and ominous blue-blacks to this dramatic desert canvas.  Streaks of lightning light up distant horizons while the roll of thunder overhead fills us with anticipation that we are about to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles: a desert thunderstorm.

As our KCS Land Rover reaches the western boundary of the Puros Conservancy, two nervous cheetah are startled into flight and in the blink of an eye disappear from sight.  A herd of giraffe marches long-legged and graceful in single file across the immense Giribis Plains.  A dust devil and then another, whirls playfully across yellow grass and then the wind changes and brings with it the promise of rain. As the first plump drops soak into the hot red sand, the smell of wet earth rises and mingles with the dry scent of the bush to create nature’s own unique perfume!

NEWS FLASH #2: morado XPL37 is back

09/03/2010

LIONESS RETURNS TO PUROS!

Morado is back!

Last week a KCS team visited Puros.  One of the objectives was to assist the Puros Lion Officers with monitoring the lions hovering just on the outskirts of the village and who have indeed also ventured into the village at night.  Needless to say residents don’t step outside after dark.

After sunset – without the usual welcoming flicker of cooking fires spread around the settlement – the village resembles a ghost town.   While the KCS team held vigil with the Lion Officers, the lioness popped out of the bushes at the confluence of the Gomatum and Hoarusib Rivers.

As the monitoring team watched with growing incredulity, the big cat seemed relaxed and in excellent condition, despite the fact that she must just have marched about 120 km through incredibly harsh terrain from the Hoanib Floodplains to return to her home range in the Hoarusib River.  Just a few weeks ago in January when the human/wildlife conflict seemed to be coming to a head, Dr Flip Stander had trans-located Morado – together with her sister Tawny and daughter Maya – to the Hoanib Floodplains. KCS was there and some of its agents and marketing specialists were fortunate enough to witness the darting/ translocation procedure and enjoy the unique opportunity to watch conservation in action!