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NAPHA Newsletter, 13 October 2017
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13 October 2017


1. Veterinary painkiller lethally toxic to vultures
2. Namibia Leopard Census - Phase 1
3. Pangolin outreach initiative
4. Lions, conservancies, human wildlife conflict and problem people
5. Alpheus Mvula - AGM sculpting project
6. NAPHA AGM, Sponsorships and awards
7. MET - Registration of Game Proof Fencing
8. Game meat festival
9. Classifieds

Veterinary Painkiller Lethally Toxic To Vultures

Article courtesy of Vulpro.
A study published in the scientific journal "Chemosphere", has shown the lethal effect to vultures of a popular painkilling drug used in the cattle farming industry. The frequent and widespread use of this drug to treat cattle and buffalo in south Asia was responsible for the catastrophic population declines in vultures in that region. Birds that consumed the carcasses of livestock treated with diclofenac experienced severe renal failure and death within hours to days.

Read more.

Namibia Leopard Census - Phase 1

The Namibia Leopard Census is in full swing. Dr Louisa Richmond-Coggan and her assistant Kate Vannelli are arduously downloading and evaluating data from 100 Minox Wildlife trapping cameras involved in our census. 860 Batteries require recharging throughout the project.
So far the research area covers 1 226 square kilometers, which are under surveillance by the cameras spread over 50 sites (2 cameras per site). The cameras have been set up over a variety of terrain, including river beds, game trails, rocky outcrops and water points. These areas were chosen based on reports of farm owners regarding leopard sighting, tracks and known drinking spots.

All cameras will be in the field for a total of 60 nights. So far, over 400 000 images have been collected. Animals identified in these images include: leopard (day and night sightings), caracal, honey badger, jackal, brown hyena, African wild cat, porcupine, striped pole cat, aardvark and various antelope and bird species. Cameras capture images 24/7 and have been placed 50-75cm from the ground to capture side flanks of leopard for spot pattern identification.

Our stunningly branded 4x4 vehicle, generously sponsored by Hertz Rent A Car, has already traversed 3 000 kilometers.
The first phase of the project, covering areas south of Windhoek, is estimated to last until the end of November.
The census is structured according to a grid system as per agreement with MET. Should you wish to contribute to this data collection, please mail Louisa.

Anyone wanting to contribute financially to this project is welcome to contact the NAPHA Office.

Pangolin Outreach Initiative

Namibia Chamber of Environment.
Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked animals in the world. The biggest demand for pangolins is in Asia, especially China. The main reason is that the scales, made of keratin like our fingernails, hair and rhino horns, are used in traditional Asian medicines and for ornaments and charms. Pangolin meat is also sold at high prices in Asian restaurants.
Pangolins have walked the earth for over 80 million years. They are insectivores and harmless to people. They just do good for our environment. They eat ants and termites - millions and millions - as many as 70 million per pangolin per year.

Lions, Conservancies, Human Wildlife Conflict and Problem People

An interview by Radio 99FM with Dr Chris Brown from NCE.

Earlier this week, Dr Chris Brown (CEO of the Namibian Chamber of Environment) did a radio interview covering topics like lion, conservancies, human-wildlife conflict and problem people. The interview can be heard at the link below.

Listen to the interview.

Alpheus Mvula - AGM Sculpting Project

At the recently held HUAP Trust Fundraiser, a white marble rhino was sculptured by French artist Gé Pellini. During this project Mr Mark Hoffmann of Namibia Stone Services donated a smaller block of marble weighing in at 'only' 3 ton. It was decided then that this second block would be used for a sculpture by a Namibian artist and this work of art would be available on auction during the NAPHA AGM held on 28 November 2017.

Proudly Namibian artist Alpheus Mvula has started manually sculpting a rhino at the College of the Arts.
Alpheus, born in 1972 in Ondangwa, has been passionate  about art since he was a young child. By the time he was 26, he moved to Windhoek to pursue a career in art and studied at various art centers and completed a semester of study in Durban and Natal. He also had the opportunity to work on various overseas projects . It was during this time that Alpheus developed a passion for sculpting, he says:
"Contrast is important to me. To create contrast, I polish some areas of the stone and leave others rough. This breathes life into the stone."

If you are interested in seeing him in action, please pay him a visit at the College of the Arts in Windhoek. The final product (expected to weigh around 1.5 ton), would be befitting in front of a lodge or hotel. Please contact the office should you require further details.

NAPHA AGM, Sponsorships and Awards

AGM Date: 28 November 2017
Our AGM is steadily drawing closer. Please register and let your voice be heard. Click the link below to download the registration form and mail it to office@napha.com.na

Download registration form.

We appeal to our members to support us with sponsorships for the evening auction. This auction is our main source of income, used to co-fund projects, such as our Namibia Leopard Census. Please forward details of your donation to the office - we require the support of all our members.

Please remember to submit your Camp Attendant and Hunting Assistant of the Year nominations. Over and above prize money, outstanding prizes have been secured, including Leatherman Tread utility tools and First Aid travelling kits.

MET - Registration of Game Proof Fencing

MET registration for game proof fencing is renewable every second year at a cost of
N$2 000.00 per application . Please click the links below to access various hunting application documents. Completed Annual Returns must be submitted to MET by 30 November 2017.

Game Meat Festival

In its endeavors to promote game meat within Namibia, an exciting competition, supported by various organisations such as Agra ProVision, GIZ, the Namibian Chefs Association, MITSMED (Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development) and MET, is scheduled for 6-11 November 2017. The competition, Game Meat Festival, is the first of its kind in Namibia and invites participants to submit their favourite game recipes. Finalists will be selected and invited to a cook-off on 8 November. Visit the link below to find out more.

Find out more.

Qualified Management Couple in Guest- and Hunting/Game Farm  is looking for a position as Farm Manager.
Contact them at mogoto1913@gmail.com or call 081 663 3317.
Schoenfeld Safaris is looking for hunting opportunities on buffalo, hippo and crocodile in the 2018 season. We have received several requests from our clients.
Please contact us per mail at schoenfeld.safaris@gmail.com or call us at 081 129 8999 if you are interested to accommodate these requests.
 

Namibia Professional Hunting Association
(NAPHA)

 
PO Box: 11291
Windhoek
Namibia

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 424 9922

Danene van der Westhuyzen, President, president@napha.com.na
Tanja Dahl, Chief Executive Officer, ceo@napha.com.na
Nicole Schwandt, Executive Assistant, napha@napha.com.na
Delin Rooinasie, Secretary, info@napha.com.na
Nikita Greyling, Administrative Assistant, office@napha.com.na
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