Wildlife of the Namib Desert

BBC radio 4 documentary about the wildlife of the Namib Desert

Namib desert

BBC radio travels to the Namib desert to discover how the plants and animals that live there manage to survive searing heat and dessicating wind, to make the dunes and plains their home. A troop of baboons that can survive for 100 days without drinking and plants that hide under the sand with only a window on the world, are some of the extraordinary inhabitants of this ancient desert.


A journey into the Namib Desert to see the weird and wonderful ways in which animals interact with the moving sand dunes. From BBC wildlife show ‘Dune’.

Terrestrial Ecoregions — Namib desert

Larger ungulates are scarce in the Namib Desert, with only gemsbok (Oryx gazella LR) and springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis LR) present (Griffin 1998). Hartmann’s zebra (Equus zebra hartmannae EN) is found in the extreme east of the desert, in the transition belt between the desert and the escarpment. However, they do move further into the desert along vegetated riverbeds (Joubert and Mostert 1975). Gemsbok are the most widespread ungulates in the desert habitat and can survive for weeks without drinking by ceasing to sweat when deprived of water.


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