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NAPHA Newsletter, 24 August 2018
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In this edition

24 August 2018

1. Progress Report - Leopard Census  
2. Celebrating 20 Years
3. Bow Hunting Course
4. Farewell and Welcome

Progress Report - Leopard Census 

August 2018

The recent IUCN Red Data List (2016) recategorised the conservation status of leopard globally, from Near Threatened to Vulnerable. This places greater significance on the need to better understand the status, population size and trends of the Namibian leopard population.

While the leopard has a broad geographical range in Namibia, from the Namib desert to the Zambezi woodlands, it is rarely seen. As a result, there is a limited amount of information available on which to base its conservation and management. As a result, a number of organisations are collaborating to carry out a National Leopard Census, including the Ministry of Environment & Tourism, the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE), the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA), the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) and First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) and others. Dr. Louisa Richmond-Coggan of LRC Wildlife Conservation is leading this research project, which aims to better understanding the population ecology and dynamics of leopard in Namibia. The project is supported by, and draws upon, a wide range of partners including academic researchers, environmental NGOs, the tourism sector, conservancies, private protected areas, farmers, and anyone with information on leopards, including sightings, photographs, distribution data and population trends. By being as inclusive as possible, it is hoped that the whole country will be covered and that all available information will be captured to make the results of this leopard census as accurate as possible.

To conserve large carnivores such as the leopard, it is necessary to understand their abundance in human dominated landscapes, which is where the real conservation action is needed. The project covers both land inside and outside national parks and combines ecological methods and social science, in order to better understand the pressures on, and status of, the leopard population across Namibia.
The project uses remote camera traps to determine leopard densities in two key areas of Namibia, the Auas Mountains and freehold farmland east of Omaruru, over the course of two surveys. The first study was successfully conducted during the period of August to November 2017 in the Auas Mountains. The project deployed 50 dual camera trap locations across eleven farms, covering an area of 1,226 km².  The cameras were placed at dry river beds, rocky valleys, game trails, water troughs and tracks, all environments preferred by leopards. Over the course of the two-month survey more than two million photographs were taken of a broad variety of species including leopard. The Omaruru survey began in late July 2018, using the same parameters across nine farms covering 1,200 km². Although the Omaruru survey is still very much in its infancy initial leopard captures have been encouraging with eight individual leopards already identified at just seven locations within the first four nights. This survey will continue to collect photographs until October.

In addition to camera traps, a questionnaire is used to collect information on leopard and other carnivore presence and distribution, as well as information on livestock and game losses to leopard, and actions taken by farmers. This involves extensive travel across Namibia to attend farmers and conservancy meetings to raise awareness of the project, to encourage the involvement of farmers and to obtain information from landowners and custodians. With the permission of AGRA, the Windhoek Livestock and Namboer auctions and sales, and other agricultural events were also visited to meet and engage landowners. To date, 310 questionnaires of the target number of 400 have been collected.

The interest and response of the Namibian landowners has been overwhelmingly positive, and their support so far has been invaluable to the success of the project. Along with the questionnaires, landowners have also provided private camera trap photographs and sightings of leopard on their farm and surrounding area. Over the next nine months, the project continues to rely upon the input from more landowners until the final set of results are analysed and published.

For more information on the project, or to contribute information on leopards in Namibia, please contact Dr. Louisa Richmond-Coggan on 081 223 0610 or

We would like to thank our sponsors: 

Celebrating 20 Years

We dedicate the 20th edition of Huntinamibia to hunters all over the world who read, appreciate and share Huntinamibia
to Namibians who defend our integrity as a hunting destination; 
to professional hunters who safeguard our ethical hunting practices, 
to rural Namibians who live with wildlife, 
to the Namibian Government who protect our sector 
to you the NAPHA member who share your stories, 
trust us with your advertisement and
support the bigger conservation picture through your Association. 

NAPHA distributes around 8,000 copies of the HuntiNamibia annually and further copies are sold by Venture Media at selected outlets. In addition, your advert also features in an electronic version of the magazine.

Please read and share the current online edition in e-book format:
Submit articles or advertisements to Rièth van Schalkwyk at

Bow Hunting Course: 2-6 November 2018

2 - 5 November 2018

Examination: 6 November 2018

Venue: T.B.C.  

Costs: T.B.C.  

Please contact the NAPHA Office should you be interested in joining this course: 
Tel: 061 234 455 /

Farewell and Welcome 

We are sad to bid farewell to Nikita Greyling, who resigned as Administrative Assistant, to further her studies in Tourism. We wish her well and successful results for her studies.

We welcome Christel Zeilinger in her place.
'Born on the 14th October 1994, I consider myself a friendly person, who loves to smile and laugh. Family orientated, I love to travel, and try out new recipes. I believe with education and an open mind, one can get far in life. A lovely break for me, will be a weekend near the ocean with my family and lots of love and laughter.' 

Christel may be reached at for all enquiries related to MET permits, registrations and enquiries, as well as adverts for the newsletter.

Christel Zeilinger and Nikita Greyling

Namibia Professional Hunting Association

PO Box: 11291

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 162 0977

Danene van der Westhuyzen, President,
Tanja Dahl, Chief Executive Officer,
Nicole Schwandt, Executive Assistant,
Delin Rooinasie, Secretary,
Christel Zeilinger, Administrative Assistant,
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