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Namib Desert Animals

Sonu S
Planning to go to Namib? Great! You better carry your camera along, because there are plenty of animals to look out for.

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The Namib Desert, located in Namibia, southwestern Angola, and extending towards the north of South Africa, is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. It boasts of having the highest sand dunes in the world. The country Namibia derived its name from this desert.
The Namib-Naukluft National Park includes a part of the Namib Desert. While climbing the dunes of Sossusvlei, savoring the solitude, you will end up thinking about God with deference.
Being one of the largest deserts on our planet, it has a very harsh climate. The arid climatic conditions have led to a unique biodiversity. The Namib Desert has many species which are endemic.
The desert contributes to the long list of African animals that are known to man. I will be telling you about some of the main animals found in the Namib Desert.


The lions of this region are powerful, but graceful too, and they are born predators. The Namib Desert is blessed with a significant population of lions. They are the largest carnivores among the Namib Desert animals.


The Meerkat belongs to the mongoose family. They are found in clans, and each clan generally contains around 20 meerkats. They are 10 - 14 inches tall and have a curved claw at the end of their 'fingers'. These are used for digging and climbing. Interestingly, they are immune to the venom of scorpions.


In appearance, they resemble lizards. There are about 12 different families of geckos found in Namibia alone. The Barking Gecko, Day Gecko and Dwarf Gecko are a few of them. The interesting feature of the Barking Gecko is the interesting sounds that it makes.
The Day Gecko is generally active during the day and it is found on the trees. The eyes of a gecko seem just like a pinpoint during the day, but they dilate considerably during the night.

Oryx Gazella

It's also called Gemsbok. They are a part of the antelope species. It has light brownish color, weighs between 350 - 550 pounds, and grows about 4 feet tall. It has white & black patches on its face, rump, and legs.
They have beautiful long horns too. The male has straight horns which are curved outward, while the females have horns which are curved both outward & rearward. These animals are often hunted for their horns. They are really fast in running and can reach speeds up to around 35 mph.

Silver Backed Jackal

These jackals are reddish in color. They are also called Black-backed Jackals because of their silver and black colored back. Their tails are black and bushy, and they have reddish limbs. They are around 15 inches tall.

Springbok Antelope

They are the most common antelopes in Namibia and can be very easily found in the Namib Desert. Their upper body is light brown in color. They have a white patch on the rump. A dark brown patch is visible on each side of the springbok. They can weigh up to 110 pounds, and grow up to 75 cm in height.

Namib Desert Viper Snake

They belong to the viper family. They have distinct eyes and a face pit, which are common to all vipers. They are 20 - 25 cm in length. These vipers are ferocious hunters, and they trick their prey using great camouflage and attack them when they are near. They are highly venomous.


They lie in the same species as a domestic pig. They have a flat face covered with warts, thus the name. They are not appealing in terms of their appearance. They have four rounded tusks, which make them look all the more ferocious.
They are usually gray or black in color. They are approximately 2 meters tall and weigh between 120 - 250 pounds. They have sparse hair on their back and a thicker mane. In spite of their aggressive appearance, they do not prefer fighting.

Namib Long-eared Bat

Very little information is available on these species. They are endemic to the Namib Desert. They generally roost on the loose barks of the Acacia trees found on the banks of river Kuiseb. They have light brown colored fur, which is common for most of the desert animals. Their inner wing membranes are olive brown in color.

The Golden Mole

Now these are typical burrowing animals. Their eyes are covered with skin and fur. They have tiny ears. They use their sense of touch to sense vibrations and interpret any attack. They are about 8 - 20 cm in size, and they live underground.
Apart from these, there are several other species of animals which dwell in the desert of Namib. This region also hosts desert elephants, rhinoceros, and several species of rodents and reptiles. The animals here have adapted well to the tough terrain and weather of the region. A safari to the Namib Desert would be the ideal choice for animal lovers.