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The Main Event – The Animals Of Etosha National Park

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Etosha is the game capital of Africa, perfect for nature lovers and photographers. Hundreds of species may be found here, including 114 mammals of which several species are endangered or rare.

Of these, the black rhino is the most well-known. Etosha has had overwhelming success in preserving this animal and, although figures are not disclosed, the park is home to a healthy population of Black Rhino. These elusive creatures are not often seen in the wild, but Etosha is one of the best places in the world to come across them and they are most often spotted at the floodlit waterholes.

The white rhino is also a nocturnal drinker, usually spotted after-hours at the waterholes. The conservation of the white rhino has been another Etosha success story, particularly since they were extinct in the park at the turn of the century. A few specimens were reintroduced from the Waterberg and one from Germany after 1995 and their numbers have increased satisfactorily since then.

Elephants too, are thriving in Etosha and huge breeding herds of about 50 animals are a common sighting. About 2 500 elephant are resident in Etosha. The rare black-faced impala is now abundant in Etosha, where it had ceased to exist during the 1970s. This pretty little antelope shares a habitat with the rare Hartmann’s zebra in the western area of the park.

In addition, visitors to Etosha can look forward to sightings of lion, springbok, eland, honey badger, African wildcat, hyenas, porcupines, giraffe, red hartebeest, sable antelope, gemsbok, leopard and hundreds of Burchell’s zebra. There are no hippos, crocodile, buffalo or monkeys in the Etosha National Park.

The dry season is the best time to spot animals in Etosha, as they congregate close to sources of water during this time and it is easier to predict their movements.

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