News

1 August 2020 – Central & Southern Prides

Monday 3 August 2020

Desolation Valley The extreme weather conditions continued as the Huab River and surrounding area were surveyed for lion activities. Four days were invested to search for resident lions amid strong winds and dust storms. ..read more >>

24 July 2020 – Extreme weather

Thursday 23 July 2020

The Northern Namib experienced a prolonged period of heat, easterly winds and sandstorms that lasted for days on end. Working under theses conditions has been challenging and exhausting. Even the desert-adapted wildlife species appeared to struggle with the ongoing harsh conditions. Most of the grasses and herbs that germinated after the late rains in April/May 2020 were scorched by the heat and sandstorms. ..read more >>

16 July 2020 – Breaking News: Hoanib Lioness Xpl-69 died

Thursday 16 July 2020

Death of lioness Xpl-69 The Hoanib Floodplain lioness Xpl-69 died at the age of 13.5 years. Xpl-69 was the last direct descendant of the old lioness, the Queen (Xpl-10), and she was born in the Hoanib Floodplain on 1 February 2007. ..read more >>

12 July 2020 – Northern prides

Sunday 12 July 2020

The months of June and July has seen unusually extreme weather that fluctuated between southwesterly winds/sandstorms, hot east-wind storms and wind-still days. Most of the lion prides in the northern section of the study area struggled to find sufficient food and moved unusually long distances. ..read more >>

Brown hyaena survey - Skeleton Coast Park

Sunday 28 June 2020

In association with the Skeleton Coast Brown Hyaena Project and the Ministry of Environment & Tourism a survey of the brown hyaena population was initiated with an initial assessment of density and distribution along the coast between More Bay and the mouth of the Kunene River. ..read more >>

Kunene and northern ephemeral rivers

Saturday 13 June 2020

The northern ephemeral rivers (the Hoaruseb, Khumib, Sechumib, Nadas, Munutum and Engo) and the perennial Kunene River were surveyed in the Skeleton Coast National Park for any recent signs of lion and other large carnivore activities. ..read more >>

7 June - Website update

Sunday 7 June 2020

Lions that form part of the prides that occupy the central section of the study area were tracked and observed to collect data on groups structures and reproduction. Two lionesses that were observed with small cubs in January 2020 have subsequently lost their cubs. T ..read more >>

1 June - Website update

Monday 1 June 2020

The adult male leopard continues to utilise the coastal habitat around the Uniab Delta area. Efforts are currently underway to initiate a small but detailed study on the movements and feeding behaviour of leopards that frequent the coastal zones of the Skeleton Coast National Park. ..read more >>

Leopard kills Cape fur seals

Tuesday 19 May 2020

For several years the movements of an adult male leopard were monitored around the Uniab Delta. The leopard was captured on several camera-traps that were placed in the area to record the movements of lions ..read more >>

Garth Owen-Smith

Saturday 2 May 2020

One of the most respected and dynamic figures in global wildlife conservation passed away in the early hours of 11 April 2020. ..read more >>