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Namibia Eco-Parks June 4, 2011

This article by Alexandra Fuller in the June 2011 edition of National Geographic got me interested in visiting the eco-friendly nation of Namibia. As one who has studied the plants of the Sonoran Desert for the past decade, I am extra motivated to make it to Namibia to look at the plants there. It will be interesting to see how plants of a completely different origin have independently adapted to similar environmental conditions as those present here in the southwestern U.S. Visiting Namibia is now definitely a priority for me.

Here is a blurb from Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism that talks about Namibia’s amazing biodiversity

With 2010 marked as the International Year of Biodiversity, Namibia has reason to celebrate.  Namibia has remarkable species diversity and a high level of endemism, including:

  • Approximately 4 350 species and subspecies of vascular plants (trees, bushes, grasses), of which 687 species or 17% are endemic
  • 644 bird species have been recorded, of which over 90 are endemic to Southern Africa and 13 to Namibia
  • 217 mammal species are found in Namibia, 26 of which are endemic, including unique desert-dwelling rhino and elephants
  • the world’s largest population of cheetah
  • About 35% of the roughly 100 000 known Southern African insect species occur in Namibia, 24% of the insect species are endemic, 11% of spiders, 47% of scorpions and 5% of solifuge species
  • 256 species of reptiles, 28% are endemic
Here is a map of Namibia’s protected areas provided by the NMET.
map of Namibia's protected areas

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