Round-Eared Elephant Shrew
wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: Unlike the Bushveld elephant shrew, the round-eared elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus) can survive in areas with a mean average rainfall of less than 250mm. They are found in desert and semi-desert regions, usually in rocky areas with low bushes and open thorn bush on gravel or sandy plains.
The round-eared elephant shrew store their food in their cheek pouches and head for cover to eat. The cheeks are an identification feature not found in other elephant shrews, but they do not have the characteristic eye rings of their counterparts. Their ears are very broad and round as well as being hairy on the inside. They do not need to drink, as they find sufficient moisture in their food intake. Foot-drumming is a common form of communication.
Diet: Ants, termites and spiders. Fruit, soft shoots and green plant matter.
Colouring: Variable, but predominately brown fur.
Breeding: The round-eared elephant shrew breed from September to February with 1 or 2 young born after a gestation period of 8 weeks. Young are independent of the female from 3 to 4 weeks, when they become independent and seek their own territories.
Size: Total length of 230mm. Weight: 40g.
This small luxury camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans Lodge collection. It is situated around 45km south of the other lodges and therefore offers an insight into a different aspect of the NamibRand Nature Reserve
A small intimate lodge in an amazing part of the Namib Desert. While the lodge can be used as a base from which to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei, the tranquil and beautiful environment make it a destination in it's own right
Dunes Camp is the simplest of the establishments on the Namib Rand reserve. Accommodation comes in the form of dome tents each with own bathroom.
Wooden units built on platforms overlooking the NamibRand Reserve. As with all the Wolwedans properties expect some of the best views in Namibia, great food and excellent service
An upmarket extension to the Dunes Lodge
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