Hepple WI, August meeting

AFRICAN WILDLIFE: After a very enjoyable meal at the Bay Horse Inn at West Woodburn for their July summer outing, members of Hepple WI were pleased to welcome Ian Glendinning to their August meeting to give an illustrated talk on African wildlife in Namibia.

Ian had kindly stepped in at very short notice to attend the meeting, and entertained members with a beautifully illustrated and highly-informative talk about Namibia and its wildlife.

Members leaned that Namibia is an arid, very sparsely populated country, with most animals living in the north where the vegetation is lush.

The elephants, with their small tusks due to poor mineral content, have decimated the landscape due to their large numbers.

Giraffes, buffalo and rhino (both black and white) are all in great evidence too.

The leopard is known to be one of the most dangerous beasts, and is rarely seen in daylight hours. Cheetahs too create a problem for livestock farmers due to their large numbers, although they are recognised as being one of the easiest animals to tame, if training starts at a young-enough age.

Hyenas are known to have no fear of humans and can run forever, whereas the jackal carries rabies, and indeed rabies, anthrax and foot and mouth disease are all endemic in Namibia.

The zebra is one of the most photogenic of animals, and the eland can easily jump an eight-foot fence. Impala, wildebeest, warthogs, and many varieties of snake were all among the many different types of wildlife which Ian discussed.

The competition for the evening for a plate of biscuits was won by Barbara Hunter, with Charlotte Boxall second and Julie Ogilvie third.