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Namibia -- a Wildlife Photographer's Paradise


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, photos )

Cher
- 538 days ago - cnn.com
Far from major cities, Namibia's Caprivi Panhandle is a lush, scarcely populated region of swamps, floodplains and woodlands. The 450 animal species found here include herds of elephants that have doubled their population over the past decade, to an



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Teresa W. (703)
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:53 am
beautiful, thank you
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:36 am

Fantastic pictures accompanied by a wonderful article of animal protections. Good information to learn about.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:44 am
beautiful pictures, thanks Cher
 

Jerry B. (120)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:03 am
Noted Wow beautiful pics..thanks Cher!
 

Daragh Redmond (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:39 am
No mention of the horrific annual seal slaughter for fur!!!
 

Daragh Redmond (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:46 am
http://www.thesealsofnam.org/
More info on the slaughter of seals in Namibia
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:46 am
Seal slaughter in Africa?
 

Shawna S. (44)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:48 am
Beautiful pictures of animals where they belong...in the wild.
Thanks Cher :")

 

Rosie McMillan (10)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:57 am
Beautiful pictures.
 

Barbara D. (79)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:16 pm
Thank you, Daragh R ! This is why I research so many petitions before I sign them. I'll have to reserve judgement on this one for the time being...........
 

Barbara D. (79)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:17 pm
I mean on this article.
 

Lisa Neste (711)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:33 pm
Magnificent! Thanks Cher. :)
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (184)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:54 pm
piękne zdjęcia, dzięki
 

Julie E. (371)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:16 pm
I really enjoyed looking at the photo's of wildlife.
"Far from major cities, Namibia's Caprivi Panhandle is a lush, scarcely populated region of swamps, floodplains and woodlands. The 450 animal species found here include herds of elephants that have doubled their population over the past decade, to an estimated 16,000. The region is bordered by communal conservancies".

I also said the same as Allan did. Then I looked at the website.
"Each year THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of innocent seals are violently and savagely beaten to death for their fur, oil and genitals. Thousands of animals, particularly the agile Cape Fur seals in Namibia, receive multiple beatings before they are rendered dead or unconscious". Thanks Daragh R!
 

Julie E. (371)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:18 pm

Thank you Cher!
 

Mary Alexander (23)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:21 pm
I just love animal pictures and these were wonderful. Thanks so much Cher.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:41 pm
By all means, let's advertise this little-known natural wonder ... so the greedy can set up and destroy it. Sure hope the wildlife photographer has plenty of film and records as many wonders as are available BEFORE they disappear from the face of the earth. Well done ...
 

norma laborie (33)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:42 pm
Wonderful pictures to dream!
 

Christeen Anderson (550)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:51 pm
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics and information with all of us.
 

Ruth S. (298)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:07 pm
Great pictures!
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:50 pm
It looks like a paradise for elephants. May the elephants be protected from man's interference.
 

Janet R. (34)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:23 pm
Very interesting, wish I could go. Thanks for sharing.
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:00 pm
Marvellous and so very intriguing!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:45 pm
I love that this incredible place is providing a safe haven for so many of our endangered animals, but I have to wonder if advertising it is a good idea. Also, thanks Daragh R. for speaking out about the seal slaughter. It seems that even in such a paradise, there is always a dark stain.
 

Charlie Rush (66)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:08 pm
These are such magnificent photos.
I very envious of this kind of talent.
 

Winn Adams (204)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:11 am
Beautiful and amazing pictures. I wish I'd taken them.
 

Lona Goudswaard (77)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 10:13 am
Namibia may not truly be the paradise portrayed, but for photographers it is: the photos were wonderful. Thanks.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 10:14 am
Having been to Namibia three times, I can say that the seal slaughter is only a small part of what goes on there.

The nation depends in part upon tourism and there are huge national preserves where wildlife is protected. Namibia is home to the Himba people...some of the last truly nomadic, primitive people. "Advertising" it means that Namibians can continue to support the parks and protect the animals who live within them.

The adaptations of animal life both within the deserts and along the ("Skeleton") coast are fascinating. If you genuinely love wildlife, I'd advise you to go and see it. Your tourist dollars support many programs, including education of Namibian youth in professional wildlife guide programs. These are the young people who will be stewards of Namibian animals in future.

I assume you DO want them to be educated?
 

Connie O. (44)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:15 pm
I agree Pam W...tourist $ helps them with their conservation efforts. I would love to be able to go there and photograph nature.
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:04 pm
Thanks, Connie! People who haven't traveled tend to think on smaller scales. You might as well say "Don't travel to the US because they have fracking!" Or "Don't travel to the US because they test products on animals."

The world is a complicated place and it's naive to turn up our noses at a nation because they do a thing of which we don't ''approve," all the while ignoring the good which goes on there,
 

Arild Warud (170)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 2:12 am
TY Cher.
 

Sara P. (61)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:26 am
This paradise has to be protect, it's wonderful!! Thanks for sharing Cher.
 
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