A PRIVATE CONSERVATION INITIATIVE IN SOUTH-WESTERN NAMIBIA
 
ECOLOGY
Four distinct habitats are found on the Reserve: dunes and sandy plains, inselbergs and mountains, gravel plains, and sand and gravel plains interface. The predominant large mammals on the Reserve are Oryx gazelle (gemsbok or oryx) and Antidorcas marsupialis (springbok). The latest game census indicated that there were 3,200 oryx and 12,400 springbok on the Reserve. Other large mammals include kudu, Hartman's and Burchell's zebra, giraffe, klipspringer, steenbok, hartebeest and baboon. Predators include leopard, spotted and brown hyena, black-backed jackal, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, African wildcat, caracal and genet. To date more than 150 bird species have been identified, while work is still in progress on the inventory of rodents, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and plants.
Monitoring relocated cheetahs
 
Tagging of Lappet-faced Vulture chick
 
Relocation of problem jackal
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Innovative approaches to resource management help ensure that this critical area bordering on the Namib-Naukluft National Park is effectively conserved. The Reserve maintains a conservation policy of minimal interference with constant monitoring, implemented through an environmental management plan. A new monitoring system has been introduced which includes population census methods. The Reserve is a member and contributor to the Southern African Avi-Faunal Atlas and the Large Carnivore Atlas of Namibia. Local outreach efforts focus mainly on predator-livestock management on neighboring properties. 
NamibRand Nature Reserve supports the sustainable utilization of its resources through the following activities:
  • High quality, low impact tourism including accommodation, photographic safaris, walking trails, and hot air ballooning;
  • Environmental education and sustainable living centre;
  • Capture and sale of live game; and
  • Development of a horticultural project to grow indigenous medicinal plants for commercial production, creating local jobs and earning funds for conservation.
DARK SKY RESERVE
The NamibRand Nature Reserve recognizes the importance and the value of keeping the night sky dark. The concept ties in well with our objective to “conserve all indigenous natural resources occurring in the Reserve and thus to restore and maintain biological diversity”. If not managed correctly, artificial light could well have a negative effect on both plant species as well as nocturnal and diurnal animal species in terms of causing habitat and behavioural changes, impacts that we would like to avoid. Similarly, excessive artificial lighting has a major negative effect both on aesthetics and on the quality of night sky experiences for guests.   

For these reasons, we at NamibRand have made a staunch effort in adapting all our artificial lighting fittings to meet International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) standards. We have also enshrined lighting guidelines, such as the maximum allowable brightness of outdoor light fixtures, as well as the use of vehicle headlights in our management plan. Monitoring these mediations is done regularly to ensure that our night sky is kept pristine.

In May 2012, IDA  endorsed the recommendation of their advisory board to inscribe the NamibRand Nature Reserve as an International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) at the “Gold” tier level – the darkest and the strictest available category.

Our designation as an IDSR is significant as we are the first in Africa and the first in any developing nation!  Read the IDA press release here.
SPECIAL PROJECTS
Although the daily management of the Reserve is adequately funded through tourism, special projects require additional funding. To help fund such projects, the Reserve has established the NamibRand Conservation Foundation. This independent, non-profit organization raises funds through initiatives such as the Adopt-a-Fairy-Circle Project. The Foundation has already provided the Research and Awareness Centre and the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) with significant funding and hopes continue this support as well as identify new projects.
 
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