Fire in the park

by Robert Shepardson
(DeBary, Florida U.S.A.)

Fire moving away

Fire moving away

In September of this year (2011) we witnessed a significant portion of the bush in Etosha burn. The park employees set backfires to reduce the impact, but almost daily another portion of the park was burning. It was difficult to watch this taking place and saddened both my wife and me.

If there was a plus side, it was now soon after the fire that the animals were going into the areas that had burned, and how quickly (we had a little rain) the grass sent up new shoots.

Within days of the fire one could see game venturing into burned out areas. Following the prey animals were of course the predators.

The photo of the lion was taken in an area that had burned over about 3 days previous.

In a seperate post, I'll include a leopard lying in the road with the bush smoldering in the background.

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Jan 03, 2012
Very Sad
by: Colleen

It also saddens me to see the devastation a fire has to wild life in the parks. I was in Halali when a fire broke out in the Halali camp site, which spread to the edge of the buildings. There was smoke and flames everywhere and you could feel the intense heat from the fire.
The water hole had to be closed because the flood light poles burnt down and there was a huge hole in the fence! No one got hurt but I am not too sure if no animals were affected by this fire. Thanks for sharing you fire story and pictures.

Jan 02, 2012
Thanks for sharing these pics Robert.
by: Mario

We were in Etosha in October and witnessed the aftermath of the fire - elephant carcasses at Goas, a rhino carcass near Springbokfontein and a few other smaller casualties. Your pics bring home just how huge and devastating the fire was.

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