Namibia Wild Horses Foundation
A group, ‘Friends of the Wild Horses’, founded a non-profit Section 21 Company in 2012 called the ‘Namibia Wild Horses Foundation’, registered in Namibia (21/2012/0020). The company is honoured to have seven directors from the tourism, veterinary and environmental management and research sectors on the team. The main objective is to operate as an interest group for the conservation and protection of the Wild Horses of Namibia.
Specific objectives of this Foundation are as follows:
- To conduct research and monitoring of the population of wild horses at Garub in the Namib Naukluft Park as well as other wild horse populations.
- To assist/advise the Ministry of Environment and Tourism with management decisions regarding the wild horses;
- To receive and administer funds for use to the benefit of the wild horses. This may include equipment necessary for maintenance of the water supply as well as population monitoring, nutritional supplements and fodder in severe droughts;
- To do all such lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects, or any one of them;
- To hold, sponsor or otherwise assist, exhibitions, demonstrations or lectures for the purpose of furthering the objects of the Foundation as set out above;
- To educate the public in general with regard to the difficulties and realities of living in natural conditions.
The Foundation is presently raising funds through donations from the public, a percentage of the sale of branded clothing and curios and a percentage of the sale of a book that has been published to provide more information: Wild Horses in the Namib Desert by Mannfred Goldbeck, Ron Swilling and Telané Greyling, available through the Gondwana Collection and at leading bookstores in the country.
To allow visitors an opportunity to appreciate and to view the Wild Horses in greater comfort, a rock-gabion hide has been constructed at Garub by MET. A new waterhole has also replaced the old troughs, allowing easier access for game.