Namibia Stories

  • The pangolin protectors

    February 22, 2024

    In the vast wilderness of Namibia’s Nyae Nyae Conservancy and Community Forest, many remarkable individuals are guardians of a mysterious and elusive creature—the pangolin. Meet the team.

    Three pangolin rangers look at maps on a GPS app while tracking a new pangolin
  • Big Data

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2024
    In Southern Africa, five countries united by a shared vision for conservation undertake an elephant survey of historic proportions
    Aerial photo of a group of elephants in a small watering hole
  • In good news for elephants, Africa’s largest savanna elephant population is stable

    October 04, 2023

    Seven aircraft surveyed over 40,000 miles of southern Africa’s Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) to estimate the number and distribution of Africa’s largest savanna elephant population. The first-ever synchronized transboundary survey took two months, from August 22 to October 28, 2022, to cover what equates to nearly twice the circumference of the globe. The results were just published and found an overall stable and slightly increased population of 227,900 elephants in the region.

    Photo of an airplane in flight over savanna landscape
  • Behati Prinsloo Levine on the magic of Namibia’s black rhinos—and what we can do to save them

    September 12, 2023

    When I was a kid, marking days off the calendar until school holidays arrived, I knew that each day took me closer to Etosha National Park in Namibia. Unfortunately, the rhinos that live there are targets for armed poachers and international wildlife crime syndicates that kill them for their horns. We must protect them. 

    Behati sits on the ground smiling at the camera with rhinos in the far background
  • Living with wild lions

    July 17, 2023

    Herders, rangers, and researchers share insights into living with free-roaming lions and measures like early warning systems that help keep people, livestock, and lions safe.

    Lion Ranger Jendery Tsaneb sits under a tree and talks about human wildlife coexistence in Namibia
  • Moving forward

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2023
    WWF and our partners are pursuing two initiatives united by a shared vision for a sustainable future
    Lion resting at base of cliff
  • Sharing Space

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2023
    The sounds of squabbling baboons and squawking guinea fowl greet Tjavarekua Tjijahura as she rises to prepare breakfast and break camp.
    A rhino partially emerges from vegetation
  • Namibia's conservancies get a lifeline for people and wildlife

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    As communities try to cope in the short term, the Namibian government, civil society, and passionate conservationists have rallied to help fill the void the pandemic has created.
    Catherine Mafumelo sets plates on an outdoor table
  • A conversation with a Namibian conservation leader

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Asser Ndjitezeua and Carter Roberts talk about community conservancies, tough love, and the importance of finding your passion.
  • Jacqui and Jeff Morby on community-led conservation

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Sometimes the pursuit of a goal produces advantageous byproducts.
  • Five countries work toward a common goal in southern Africa

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA)
    Elephants walking in KAZA
  • Photographing Africa's most elusive animals

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    In a landscape largely undocumented by science, a researcher and a photographer team up to illuminate more than the night
    Male Lion in camera trap
  • A promising future for Africa's wildlife

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    At dusk, hundreds of elephants move through the brush near the Kwando River’s famous “horseshoe” bend  in eastern Namibia.
  • Health Service

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    How statistics helped uncover a hidden benefit of Namibia's communal conservancies
    health services illustration
  • The Doyenne of Damaraland Camp

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2013
    In Africa, the warmest of welcomes
    Darmaland camp
  • Flying Plowshares

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2013
    Peacekeeping technology and wildlife crime
    elephants aerial