Public talk on cactus control: 11 October 2018

NEWS talk on cactus control: 11 October 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 10:27

Come along to a Namibian Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS) talk on Anti-Cactus Action to be presented by Gunhild Voigts, Windhoek's "cactus fighter". The talk will take place on 11 October 2018 at 19:30 at the venue of the Namibia Scientific Society, 112 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek.

Public talk on 3rd October 2018: B(io)randberg - biodiversity on Namibia's highest mountain

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:39

Public talk by Dr. John Irish: B(io)randberg: biodiversity on Namibia's highest mountain
The talk continues the Brandberg theme for the year by looking at the living things on the mountain. It considers Brandberg relative to other high Namibian mountains and discusses why altitude is important to some life forms. It describes the biogeographical processes that cause endemism and relict species on some high mountain peaks. Finally it looks at what we actually know about Brandberg biodiversity, and what we still need to learn.
John Irish was trained as an entomologist. He formerly worked at two different museums, the National Biodiversity Programme, the National Botanical Institute, Gobabeb and lately as an environmental consultant.
Wednesday, 3rd October at 19h30. Venue is Namibia Scientific Society, Robert Mugabe Ave 110, Windhoek.

15th Feb 2018: presentation on Atlasing in Namibia website and App

Presentation on Atlasing in Namibia website and App
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 08:40

Come along to a presentation at 7pm at the National Botanical Research Institute:

Atlasing in Namibia is a website and App for citizen science biodiversity recording in Namibia.

Find out more about it and learn how you can contribute your records of:

  • Mammals (including bats and marine mammals)
  • Snakes and other reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Alien plants
  • Breeding birds

Bring your cellphone along, get help to register and to install the App, and let’s get started!

Do you have camera trap photos of carnivores?

Cape fox
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 06:18

Please help us fill in the gaps.

There are about 34 carnivore species in Namibia, ranging from meerkat, mongooses, genets and small cats to hyaenas, wild dog and large cats (cheetah, leopard & lion). We are currently working to improve the information we have on the distribution of these carnivores.
This Carnivores of Namibia summary document presents a distribution map and a photograph of each (mammal) carnivore species in Namibia. For most species, particularly the smaller species, there is limited information on their distribution. The attached maps were prepared using museum specimens (from the Namibian State Museum and eight other museums around the world), sightings, camera trap information, information from satellite collared animals, road kills etc. from the  Atlasing in Namibia website.
We are approaching farmers, tourism lodges, tour guides, hunters, conservancies, park staff and other people working in different parts of Namibia and potentially interested in carnivores, to contribute their sightings and other records. 
Please enter your records on this website, or if it is more convenient for you to send records by email, you can email your sightings and records to us at
Please provide as much information as possible:
  • * Location where the carnivore was seen (coordinates – either GPS or monad (1 minute by 1 minute grid), pentad (5’ x 5’ grid), ¼ degree square (15’ x 15’ grid), or farm name with farm number and district / region, or description of location (e.g. lodge name and general location)
  • * Date when the sighting was made
  • * Species seen
  • Any other information would be useful, such as:
    • whether the species is common or unusual
    • farm type (cattle/game/mixed/tourism/hunting)
    • fencing type (cattle/short game fence/high game fence/predator proof fence)
  • One or more photographs of the carnivores would be useful, particularly for the smaller, less easy to identify species. If you are not sure of the identification, please just send the photo with date and place, and our carnivore specialists will identify it for you. Please do not send hundreds of camera trap photos of the same species at the same location – just a few at each location in different months. If you prefer to upload photos to a Dropbox, Google Drive, or other storage system please get in touch with the details. 
* = all three pieces of information (species, date and place) are needed for the record to be useful. 
If you have any questions, please contact Alice Jarvis at or using our Contact form.
Thank you for your help!
Large Carnivore Association of Namibia (LCMAN), Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) and the Environmental Information Service of Namibia (EIS)

New "Atlasing in Namibia app" available for testing

New "Atlasing in Namibia app" available for testing
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:04

Please help us test our new Atlasing in Namibia app

We have developed an Atlasing in Namibia app, for Android and iOs devices, to allow you to record and ubmit your observations more easily. The app is for all species groups that are currently listed on the Atlasing in Namibia website.

» Read more

Addition of Game Count data to Mammal Atlas

Photo: NACSO/WWF in Namibia
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 09:20

Data from Namibia's Game counts have been uploaded into the Atlasing in Namibia system. This is a massive addition of over 86,000 records of mammals, collected between 1992 and 2016.

Game counts as part of Namibia's CBNRM programme: Regular game counts are undertaken in Zambezi, North West, South, North Central, Kavango. More information on these including methodogy and summarised results is available from the NACSO website.

Game counts in NamPlace landscapes: These include counts in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib Landscape and the Greater Fish River Canyon Landscape. More information on the counts is available from the Greater Fish River Canyon Landscape website and the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib website.

EIS newsletter December 2016

December 2017 newsletter
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 07:51

Read our newsletter for an update on new developments in the EIS over the last few months, including 'Atlasing in Namibia' news.

» download the December 2016 EIS newslettter

Protecting wildlife: removing location metadata from images

Protecting wildlife by removing location metadata from images
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 06:39

To avoid inadvertently providing criminals with valuable location for species such as rhino, information wildlife photographer Olwen Evans has assembled this how-to guide

The booklet provides good information on how to remove location metadata (coordinates) from your photos. THIS IS NOT NECESSARY FOR THE ATLASING IN NAMIBIA SITE because the Atlasing in Namibia site does it automatically when you upload your photos. However, if you submit wildlife photos to other sites, you may need to do this manually.

When you submit information to the Atlasing in Namibia website for any sensitive species, please make sure that if you do enter exact coordinates you set the Sensitivity to blur to e.g. 100km.


The Breeding of Colour Variant Wildlife in Namibia - What do you think?

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 08:40

Please participate in a short survey on the Breeding of Colour Variant Wildlife in Namibia for the Namibia University of Science and Technology. 

» Click on this link to participate in the survey.

Breeding of colour variants in wildlife is a phenomenon that has been increasing in the private wildlife ranching industry in southern Africa. The Namibia University of Science and Technology’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences is conducting a short survey on its prevalence in Namibia, and the possible impacts it will have on biodiversity, tourism, hunting, and other aspects of the economic, social and ecological environment. The breeding of variants such as golden wildebeest, golden oryx, black, oryx, black and white springbok, black and white impala etc. is lucrative for wildlife ranchers. In 2014, for example, black oryx sold for N$ 900 000 at an auction, and black springbok for N$ 30 000.

The survey will close on 12 August and results will be presented to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and stakeholders at a workshop on this topic in late August, and then possibly published in a scientific journal as part of a longer term study.

NEWS talk on desert bats

NEWS talk on 19th April
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 08:02

NEWS talk on 19th April 19h00 at the Scientific Society: Desert bats - untangling the Namib's secrets