Lion Coastal Activities

Thursday 27 April 2023

Several days were spent reconstruction the coastal movements and feeding on marine food items (mainly Cape fur seals) of lions that occurred during recent weeks. Biological samples were collected from the marine food items utilised by lions. more >>

New Research Vehicle – Service, Weighing & Improvements

Wednesday 19 April 2023

The new research vehicle, named “Joey”, spent three weeks in Windhoek for its first major service. Brian Kibble of Safari Engineering and Ultimate Safaris continued their exceptional work on the vehicle and attended to several improvements and repairs. See example of modification design sketch and end result. more >>

Lion Genetics Talk in Swakopmund

Thursday 13 April 2023

On 7 March 2023 William Versfeld, a geneticist based at Ongava Research Centre, gave a detailed presentation on the genetics of lions in northern Namibia more >>

Social media reports of lions near Swakopmund

Tuesday 7 March 2023

During the past 24 hours rumours spread wildly on several social media platforms that three lions (with a collar) were spotted near Mile 14, approximately 20 km north of Swakopmund, and that they were heading towards the municipal area of Swakopmund. Desert Lion Conservation quickly verified that all of the satellite-collared lions were in their usual home ranges to the north of the Ugab River. more >>

Final Torra Bay Update & Summary Conclusions

Sunday 5 February 2023

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Tourism (MEFT) and DLCT collaborated during the two-month period (December - January) to monitor the movements and behaviour of the lioness Xpl-108 and to address and prevent any potential incidents of conflict. The activities of the lioness Xpl-108 were documented in detail during 24-hour cycles for 70 days: from 19 Nov 2022 to 28 January 2023. more >>

Torra Bay & Coastal lions Updates (22 -26 Jan '23)

Thursday 2 February 2023

Hoanib Floodplain Pride - The two Orphan lionesses (“Alpha” Xpl-106 & “Bravo” Xpl-109) and the two small cubs were observed hunting wetland birds at Oasis spring more >>

Coastal lions & Hoanib cubs

Friday 20 January 2023

After spending a significant amount of time with the lioness Xpl-108 in the Torra Bay area, attention was turned to the Orphan lionesses at the mouth of the Hoanib River. The two lionesses “Alpha” Xpl-106 and “Bravo” Xpl-109 were located with the two cubs near Oasis spring west of the dune-belt. Both lionesses and the two cubs were in good condition and they have been spending time hunting cormorants and other wetland birds along the marches at Oasis spring. more >>

Torra Bay & Coastal lions Updates (12-14 Jan 23)

Wednesday 18 January 2023

12 January 2023 Xpl-108 spent the entire day and night at Raleigh spring. She only emerged and rested on the northern edge after sunset and during the night. During the daytime, however, she was lying and standing on a hummock inside the reed-bed to get the benefit of the fresh breeze to cool her down. A number of tourists were fortunate to spot the lioness as they drove past. more >>