Over the past months the rainy season has begun getting underway in Etosha National Park and further east. However, it had not made it to the Lion Rangers’ conservancies. That all changed in Ehi-rovipuka, Omatendeka, and Orupupa this past week. While performing foot-based patrol in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT), some of the Lion Rangers got separated from their camps near Palmfontein when the rivers began running.

Flowing river in Ehi-rovipuka Conservancy, February 2021

Two members of the Lion Ranger leadership team, Uakendisa Muzuma and John Heydinger, as well as program Coordinator Mathilde Brassine, were even forced to take shelter overnight in a nearby Himba hut, to wait out the rain in close, though refreshingly dry, confines. By the next morning the rivers had subsided and they could again walk back to camp. Further patrols in the following days took place in the mountains north of Palmfontein. With all the moisture in the air it was occasionally like walking in a cloud.

On patrol in the wet mountains.

The rain even allowed the Rangers to try our their new jackets which were recently supplied by IRDNC, through support from the IUCN. Watch this space for further updates as we navigate the challenges of a long awaited rainy season.

Lion Rangers and Namibian Lion Trust staff in their new patrol jackets.

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