2018’s terrific harvest saw staff and volunteers at Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate buzzing like worker bees. 9.8 tons of grapes were painstakingly hand-picked, each juicy globe vital to our final yield.
More than 12 months of aging followed, with May this year finally bringing that mouth-watering moment – it was time to bottle!
And with all hands on board the tireless process began. An exclusive 1050 bottles of Shiraz wine and 742 of Triple Clone Shiraz now proudly fill the Neuras cellar. But we’re definitely not done yet! An ultimate 5000 bottles in total is our final delicious goal.
That’s 3750 litres ready to be savoured by the wine connoisseur – and ever-so-ready to support conservation. Yes, the proceeds from every bottle sold benefit the Naankuse Foundation’s conservation research projects.
Aiding animals and curbing carnivore conflict has never been so… well… tantalising. So, raise a glass to conservation. Cheers to that!
2019 – the year that Namibia’s National Youth Council has proclaimed as “Youth for Conservation”. And what better organisation than Naankuse to partner with when spreading a vital conservation message?
With that the games began! The eagerly anticipated Naankuse experience as part of the “Youth for Conservation” theme, kicked off on Sunday, 19 May.
Four daring individuals, intrepid youth eager to embrace the challenge, bravely stepped into the realms of our anti-poaching unit…
The going was tough. The fearless foursome faced military style discipline, a mock ambush that demanded level headedness and immediate action, wintry cold, rationed food, endless patrols and days and nights in the bush.
But an inspiring visit from Marlice van Vuuren herself, and the sighting of magnificent wildlife, lifted morale and kept spirits high.
After three days of survival in bush-veldt terrain, the team departed enlightened with a newfound respect for the challenges the world of conservation brings. After all, “Youth for Conservation” really will ensure our tomorrow.
"Wow! What an experience" Dwaine Ndjaronguru (participant)
AN EYE ON AFRICA
The wild horses of the Namib… a romantic vision that has enticed many a tourist to Namibia.
These iconic animals have established a territory within the parameters of the Namib Naukluft Park. In so doing, they face predation from naturally existing carnivores – spotted hyenas who have roamed the land for centuries and whose rightful place within Namibia’s national parks cannot be debated.
Should the horses be moved to predator-free pastures? Which species, horse or hyena, should remain? Can either animal be condemned? Which animal has earned its due position within the park?
This is a contentious subject that has gripped conservationist and activist alike and grabbed the attention of none other than CNN.
And featuring in the resulting special report for CNN’s “Inside Africa” are our very own Dr. Rudie van Vuuren, CEO of Naankuse, and Karl Fester, Naankuse’s biologist based at the hub of our spotted hyena research.
Click for the controversial conservation topic – Naankuse gives insight.
EXTENDING A LIFELINE
It’s been a busy month at Naankuse’s Lifeline Clinic. Yes, we continue extending the lifeline that the San communities in Namibia’s rural east depend on.
May’s outreach and feeding programs brought medical care to those communities too far-flung to travel to the clinic itself and filled tummies with specially formulated protein rich meals. As the wise words of Hippocrates say, “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food”.
And the numbers speak for themselves. 71 outreach patients were tended to, 310 community members had their hunger stilled, 161 in need of medical attention entered through the clinic’s doors and 2 children with congenital deafness received life changing hearing aids.
That’s more than 500 having found support from the Lifeline Clinic.
And we simply wouldn’t be able to help without your help. Any support not only makes a world of difference to the clinic itself, but also motivates the community as a whole. A recent donation delighted a local school and let them have a ball!