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. Continue reading “The Case “Rosh” – Lions and Responsible Tourism”

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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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: 7 500 Tourist Information Brochures Distributed

IMG_7586You might still not meet anybody when exploring Namibia’s wild places, but you might see the signs that somebody has been there before you. Off-road tracks, old fire places or rubbish are visible signs of the increasing number of people traveling for example in the Kaokoveld. To keep our pristine places pristine, information and awareness are the keys. This is why TOSCO Trust has distributed 7500 information brochures to car rental companies where they are available to tourists for free. These brochures compile the most essential “best practices” for visitors (and locals), especially when camping and traveling to remote places on their own: How to stay safe, protect the environment & wildlife and be a welcome visitor even in sensitive areas – leaving them unspoilt and wild as we love them. Why not leave the rubbish at the campsite in Damaraland – a dustbin is provided there after all? Better not, because in remote locations there is no possibility to properly dispose of waste – it will merely be buried somewhere or burnt! So, if possible take it back with you. What is a safe distance desert elephants can be approached without molesting them? The brochures answer such essential questions in 5 languages: English, Dutch, French, German and Italian. These “best practices” are elemental guidelines for keeping our landscape pristine and unspoilt, our wildlife relaxed and alive and the visited people friendly and welcoming. Thanks for your support! Do you love Namibia’s wild places and want to contribute to protecting them? Visit our website for more https://tosco.org/

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