MET announces plans to safeguard wild horses

25 November 2019 | Environment

The ministry of environment and tourism has released their Wild Horse Management Plan to set out objectives and guidelines for the management of these animals.
The good news for the wild horses is that, while they lack the conservation status of wild animals, they are recognised as of value to both tourism – as part of Namibia’s cultural heritage – and as a means for local communities to generate income through concessions.
The report recognises the integrity of the population is essential for the long-term survival of the herd. In this vein the ministry has committed to finding ways to sustainably manage conflict between the horses and hyena populations. This may entail patrolling the area to scare the hyena away or even erecting a hyena-proof fence. More road signs will also be erected to warn motorists to slow down as the horses often graze on the road verge and regularly cross the road.
The Garub area is to be zoned as “Managed Resource Use Zone” thus allowing for concessions as well as allowing for mitigating actions to help the horses in times of severe drought and predation threat. The horses are however to remain in the area and no custodianship or removal to a sanctuary will be considered.
Finally, the ministry has recommended continual monitoring of the horse population to ensure the carrying capacity of the Garub area is ecologically maintained. This task has been taken up by a Management Action Group comprised of local communities and stakeholders.

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