Idea #535 – Doing a safari in the park of Etosha in Namibia
The national park of Etosha, in Namibia, is an immense area protected from 22 935 km Namibia. Initially created as hunting reserve in 1907, during the period of the German colonization, the park obtains the status of “national park” in 1967. The public has access only to one third of the park approximately, corresponding to the “piece” of the dry salt lake of Etosha. The zone establishes one of the biggest animal reserves of Africa, sheltering in particular 114 species of mammals and 340 species of birds.
The most numerous are the elephants (1 900-3 000 individuals), rhinoceros (600-750 individuals), the zebras of mountain (Equus zebra hartmannae) (450-950 individuals), the zebras of Burchell (14 500-21 300 individuals), the black-headed impalas (Aepyceros melampus petersi) (1 500 individuals). We also find there a significant number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, speckled hyenas (Crocuta crocuta), élands (Taurotragus oryx) and giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis), as well as springboks (Antidorcas marsupialis), blue gnus (Connochaetes taurinus), wart hogs, big koodoos (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), oryxes gazelles or gemsboks (Oryx gazella), dik-diks (Madoqua kirkii damarensis), jackals with shabrack (Canis mesomelas), protèles or wolves fossorial animals (ProTVs crisdetata), and of small animals such as the foxes with ears of bat (Otocyon megalotis), the red mongooses (Galerella sanguinea), the yellow mongooses (Cynictis penicillata), lined mongooses, the hares of bushes (Lepus saxatilis), squirrels of the Cape)(Xerus inauris), and porcupines (Hystrix africaeaustralis). Nevertheless, the big drought which reigns in the park is at the origin of the absence of monkeys, hippopotamuses, crocodiles and buffaloes.
Where is it ?
Etosha National Park, Namibie