Magnificent and impressive animals. Threatened by our actions and worthy of our protection.
On the ground with the largest land predator an awe inspiring experience.
Near Aus, 120 kilometers east of Lüderitz on the National Road B4, is the Garub waterhole. This waterhole attracts the horses and indigenous game. There are currently about 150 horses in a 350 square kilometer area. Conservationists built a roofed observation stand in sight of the waterhole so visitors can observe the animals. In the bleak desert landscape the horses find this structure excellent for scratching and chewing.
For a long time nobody could tell where the wild horses originated from. Only some years ago research has revealed that these horses' forebears were part of the South African cavalry which had set up camp in the Namib. Their horses fled into the desert panicked by shots fired from a low flying German aircraft at the beginning of World War I.
The wolf is the largest member of the canine family. Gray wolves range in color from grizzled gray or black to all-white. The greatest threat to wolves is people's fear and misunderstanding about the species. Many fairy tales and myths tend to misrepresent wolves as villainous, dangerous creatures. Although making a come back in some regions of the U.S., these photos are of captive individuals.
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