TOSCO Promotes Tourism Contributions to Conservation

On Namibia’s communal land, communities organized in conservancies manage an enormous asset: Some of Namibia’s most pristine and scenic landscapes as well as their iconic wildlife. But conservation costs money, and the costs of living with wildlife can be high._64774910_3558-5182Therefore, the tourism businesses associated with TOSCO (Tourism Supporting Conservation) have decided to pay a voluntary conservation contribution to selected conservancies.

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The Case “Rosh” – Lions and Responsible Tourism

On 06 July the Puros lion rangers sent this report on Rosh’s death to TOSCO:

“Dear TOSCO Team

We had a terrible incident where we discover that Rosh was shot to death.  Rosh was born in September 2004 at Uniab river and then move to Hoanib river where he spent time with the lioness of the flood plain and Okongue pride. Read More…

TOSCO Lion Ranger Report Puros – 20 May 2014


68tamrsk1This report from the lion rangers in the Puros Conservancy raises hopes for the desert lions in the Puros area. Although the “Terrace Male” is not tolerated close to the village, which is more than understandable, the local community is not resorting to killing/poisoning (like it happened not long time ago), but rather makes an effort to chase him away. Let’s give kudos to the Puros community!

This lion ranger report came shortly before the news of three lions poisoned in the Anabeb Conservancy. The lion ranger programme there is still in its infancy.

Today, the lion rangers reported, that the “Terrace Male” is again close to Puros… It is a fragile truce, and one individual could ruin the efforts of many. But everybody will keep on working hard to ensure a future for Namibia’s desert lions.

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Puros Conservancy, Lion Ranger Report 20/05/2014

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In Search of Namibia’s Desert Lions – TOSCO Sponsor Field Trip 23-26 April 2014

Does Dr. Stander ever sleep? We met him after sunset, somewhere in the middle of the Palmwag Concession. We had driven all day, and so had he. But while we set up camp, and prepared our dinner, Dr. Stander made for the next hill, to listen for lions via the radio system. He came to our camp fire for a lively chat and when we went to bed, he went back to the hill to continue listening for the lions. Whereas we bothered about breakfast the next morning and had to break up camp, Dr. Stander drove off in search of the lions – but not before telling us exactly, where we would meet him again.

Researching desert lions in the Namib obviously is a dedication, not a job.

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Dr. Stander’s research vehicle on a hill – listening for lions

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Desert Elephant Conservation – Interview with Dr Laura Brown and Rob Ramey

1956862_582654165145060_1503394533_oDesert Elephant Conservation promotes the long-term conservation of Namibia’s desert elephant population through research, monitoring, and the sharing of knowledge. Laura Brown and Rob Ramey have been studying the elephant populations of the Uniab, Hoarusib and Hoanib since 2005.

TOSCO contributed 9000 NAD for petrol to their field work end of 2013. Afterwards, they gave an interview to TOSCO:

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Success of Lion Ranger pilot project

Jun2012 lightOnly one dead cow in 2013! Since the start of the lion officer programme end of 2012 only one farmer lost one cow to lions in the Puros conservancy.

All over Africa, lions are killed by local people whose livelihood is threatened by lions. Whereas we all have an interest in the lions and the wild places they live in, the local people bear the costs, e. g. when lions eat their cattle and goats or elephants raid their crops. And they retaliate by killing lions.

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TOSCO TALK #2: Marine Wildlife Tourism – 29 January in Windhoek

v2_file_58871988We cordially invite you to a TOSCO talk on responsible marine wildlife tourism.

Watching dolphins, whales, seals and other ocean wildlife is popular with tourists and locals in Namibia. But what do we know about how tourism is affecting them? And what should be done to ensure this activity is as enjoyable in the future as it is now? To learn more about this, we have asked Ruth Leeney from Benguela Research & Training in Walvis Bay to give a talk for TOSCO in Windhoek:

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