Lions move into danger zone

Thursday 14 January 2021

Lions move into danger zone The two Orphan lionesses moved beyond the narrow gorge and continued upriver to the border of the Skeleton Coast National Park where the captured a gemsbok more >>

Hoaruseb Update

Tuesday 12 January 2021

The two “Orphan” lionesses have remained in the lower Hoaruseb river and have explored the mouth of the ephemeral river and surrounding areas. Heavy rainfall in the Opuwo area has resulted in local flooding and, if the rain continues, the floodwaters are expected to reach the lower Hoaruseb in the next few days. more >>

New Year explorations

Sunday 10 January 2021

Lions return to Hoaruseb River The two “Orphan” lionesses, Xpl-106 “Alpha” and Xpl-109 “Bravo” of the Hoanib Floodplain pride expanded their home range area and discovered the lush and productive Hoaruseb ephemeral river more >>

Closing of a challenging year

Friday 25 December 2020

The year 2020 has by all accounts been a disruptive and challenging period for humans. The collapse of the tourism industry in the northwest of Namibia had a severe impact on the community based conservation efforts and the income that local communities derive from tourism. Wildlife conservation efforts have also suffered due to a lack of funding and ongoing support the the tourism industry provided. more >>

Early rains

Friday 20 November 2020

The Northern Namib witnessed the first rainfall of the season. Thunderstorms and showers in the Sesfontein/Opuwo areas resulted in a flash flood of the Hoanib river that extended to the border of the Skeleton Coast National Park. more >>

Vehicle problems

Saturday 31 October 2020

The current research vehicle is celebrating its seventh year of relentless work in the harsh conditions with regular mechanical breakdowns. more >>

Brave seal pup

Wednesday 21 October 2020

An important lioness has died of natural causes at the age of 14 years. Born during the month of November 2006 the lioness lived in the southern section of the study area covering a home range of 5,000 km2. Her significant lifetime reproductive success contributed to the expansion and re-population of lions to the southern ephemeral river systems more >>

Coastal Movements

Sunday 27 September 2020

Since the recovery of the lion population and their return to utilising the coastal habitat along the Skeleton Coast in 2002, their movements have been restricted to the areas close to the ephemeral river outlets. Lions from four distinct prides utilise the coastal zone and the prides are each associated with one of the four major ephemeral rivers. more >>