Commissioned Study Shows Namibian Seals Worth More Alive than Dead

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These are the results of a study commissioned by Bont voor Dieren (BvD), Humane Society International (HSI), Respect for Animals (RFA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and produced by the Australia-based independent economics consultancy Economists at Large. Eco-tourism is a growing part of Namibia's identity, but tourists will be shocked to learn that a seal they photograph one day may be clubbed to death the next morning.

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Journalists Arrested During Namibian Seal Hunt

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Ugly stuff in Namibia, the country with the seal hunting that no one talks about because so few know about it (I mean who thinks about seal hunting in Namibia?) Secret footage smuggled out of Namibia has revealed the brutal reality of the Namibian seal hunt - and the subsequent attack on British journalist Jim Wickens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers. Tags: animal cruelty africa seal hunters seals namibia hunting

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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While there is a lot left to be done when it comes to research and nature protection in many tropical countries, there are not that many jobs in that line of work, and ecotourism seem to be the industry of choice. 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.

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I Remember Elephants

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Yet, opposition to their full protection came from an unexpected side, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), whose Head of Delegation said: “These proposals would [not] have offered elephant populations any greater protection from the poachers. Of those range states, opposed were South Africa, Namibia and, not surprisingly, Zimbabwe.

Weavers

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Image by Adam Riley in Namibia. Image taken by Felicity Riley in Namibia. Their nests are also a messy structure due to protective thorns on the outside, but the interior is constructed of softer grasses. 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.

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Africa’s endangered species

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This is despite the fact that the Northern Bald Ibis was one of the earliest officially protected species, thanks to a decree by Archbishop Leonhard of Salzburg in 1504. This colony outlived dozens of others as it was protected by the local religious belief that the ibises migrated each year to guide Hajj pilgrims to Mecca. Image by Adam Riley Ludwig’s Bustard This attractive dry country bustard ranges across western South Africa, Namibia and just into southern Angola.

A morning in a Kalahari Leopard’s life

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You can notice in the above images how the Leopard uses her eye-lids as hoods to protect her sensitive eyes from the bright sun as she sprinted towards us. People are often surprised that large predators kills smaller species but its actually a common phenomenon and I have previously seen a Leopard carrying a dead African Wild Cat at Punda Maria in Kruger National Park and Lions killing a Black-backed Jackal in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.

Stalking a Kiwi Icon

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They are commonest where they are intensively protected and managed, but these places are often remote and hard to visit. Seeing a wild kiwi is potentially the highlight of a star-strewn birding visit to New Zealand, but please respect the tenuous situation the five species are in and any measures in place for their protection.

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Tiritiri Matangi Island

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These Blasts From The Past Protect the Commons The Military Macaws of Jaumave, Mexico Canada… The Conservation Capital of the World Absence: Big South Cape Island Make Your Cat an Indoor Cat About the Author Duncan Duncan Wright is a Wellington-based ornithologist working on the evolution of New Zealands birds.

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