Mundulea's dolomite, limestone and marble hills, adjacent to the Otavi Mountain range, are millions of years old. They are riddled with caverns and pot-holes, deep gorges and underground lakes. There are ancient Leadwood trees, Marulas, Wild Fig, White Syringa, Dombeya, Mearua, Carrot trees and Nettle trees. There are also countless species of aloe, acacia, fern, grewia and combretum. The reserve itself is named after a beautiful purple flowering bush Mundulea sericea, favourite food of rhino, Eland and Kudu, and said to be possessed of healing and magical powers. When we established Mundulea ten years ago, there were very few animals to be seen throughout the reserve. Those that had survived decades of indiscriminate shooting, had literally taken to the hills. Over the years, the numbers of existing species have steadily increased in a protected habitat that was already ecologically ideal. In addition, we have re-introduced eleven species to this once game rich area in an attempt to repair the damage done by the farming and hunting practices of the previous century.

Antelope species now include large herds of Eland, Wildebeest, Kudu and Oryx. Hartebeest, Dik Dik, Steenbok, Duiker and Warthogs are a common sight once more, while Springbok and Giraffe are fast becoming plentiful again. Our most recent arrivals are the endangered Black Faced Impala, Roan Antelope, Tsessebe and Hartmann’s Zebra. Often-seen predators include Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Honey Badgers, Jackal, Serval and Lynx. Aardvark, Aardwolf, Banded Mongoose, Meerkats and Pangolin are sometimes spotted. For bird enthusiasts, depending on the season, Mundulea offers some 260 species, including raptors and owls.

One of the most interesting animals on the nature reserve is a black rhino bull called ‘Hooker’. He is one of seven black rhino at Mundulea and is the last remaining example of the sub-species Diceros bicornis chobiensis. He is central to Mundulea’s main objective: to respect bio-diversity and give breathing space - and breeding space - to Namibia’s rare and endangered sub-species. In the past two years, three rhino calves have been born at Mundulea proving that these animals are comfortably habituated to their new surroundings. Without serious and accelerated protection, animals like Hooker, and the beautiful Black-Faced Impala (indigenous and uniquely suited to Namibia), Roan and Hartmann’s Zebra, will be lost to the world over the next few generations.

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