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Erwin Leuschner

Swakopmund, Namibia
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About Erwin
I am a journalist based in Swakopmund, Namibia. I am currently in the employ of Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) and produce regular content for the Namibian daily newspapers Republikein (Afrikaans), Namibian Sun (English) and Allgemeine Zeitung (German). I also produce content for the online news portal Erongo.

I have been a journalist in Namibia for more than 10 years and have during this time researched various investigative pieces.
Afrikaans German English
Feature Stories Content Writing Corporate Content
Business Politics Current Affairs


Six chameleons hatched in captivity after the eggs were saved from the dead mother. These small animals are fighters and continue to do well.

After spending close to two months around Swakopmund, an elephant bull was darted and moved to a new home. Shortly before, this elephant appeared in Swakopmund on Christmas eve. A very, very peculiar story with a happy ending.

Why are our Ana’s dying?

11 Aug 2020  |  Erongo
The article discusses the mysterious die-off of Ana trees in the western regions of Namibia, particularly along the Ugab, Swakop, and Kuiseb rivers. Scientists, including Prof. Nico Smit from the University of the Free State and zoologist Barbara Curtis, have observed a significant decline in these trees, with up to 79% dying in the Swakop River. Various theories are proposed, such as lowered groundwater levels due to dams and boreholes, old age and natural senescence of the trees, severe droughts exacerbated by climate change, and possible infections like fungal diseases. Botanist Coleen Mannheimer suggests a combination of high parasite infestation and drought as potential causes. The situation is alarming as no young trees are growing to replace the dead ones, indicating a serious ecological issue.

The find of the century, the ship Bom Jesus, stranded in Namibia 500 years ago - and was rediscovered in 2008. Four years later some precious artifacts rotted away, as they were apparently not preserved correctly.

Chinese businessman wants to capture Namibian dolphins, killer whales and penguins for Asian aquarium trade

11 Aug 2020  |  www.namibtimes.net
A Chinese businessman has applied to capture live marine mammals from the Namibian coast for the Asian aquarium trade, sparking outrage among marine environmentalists. The species targeted include penguins, bottlenose dolphins, seals, and killer whales. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources' public relations officer, De Wet Mulauli Siluka, denied knowledge of the application when questioned. The vessel Ryazanovka, equipped with tanks for transporting live marine animals, is anchored at Walvis Bay. Environmentalists are urging the public to prevent the capture of these marine species, emphasizing that many are protected and their capture could exceed their estimated populations in Namibian waters.

A German tourist is attacked by a leopard while camping in a van with his wife in Namibia - he is seriously injured, but his wife saves him from certain death. After I wrote this story various international media houses contacted me regarding a follow-up.





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