SCORES of feral horses that inhabit the Namib Desert about 20 kilometres west of Aus settlement in the South face a real struggle to survive on the desert floor due to drought.
A Tourguide; Wilfred Weise told The Namibian yesterday that he found the feral horses suffering starvation due to the drought. The effect of the drought on the horses is devastating. Their grazing has been dried up by the drought, Weise remarked.
Weise said he found that the horses had walked about 30 kilometres from Garub waterhole to find grazing.
It is an awful sight to see horses’ ribs and bones sticking out, said Weise.
According to Weise, the drought has forced the horses to eat each others’ dung to survive, especially those that have lost the ability to forage for food.
Something urgently needs to be done as the horses are at risk of dying of starvation, Weise explained.
Weise said he had launched a fundraising campaign to buy fodder for the horses to keep them alive.
Namibia Wild Horses Foundation director Piet Swiegers yesterday said there is no threat yet of drought threatening to kill the wild horses.
Currently, there is still grazing left for the horses to feed on. But that grazing is not visible from the tar road, said Swiegers.
Swiegers added that the foundation has decided to feed the horses with fodder specifically mixed for them as of 20 October, adding Voermeester donated 50 bags of fodder, and will in times of need sell the fodder at a discount price to the foundation.
Swiegers also noted that suggestions of feeding the horses with lucern or grass at this stage are not viable as the monthly cost estimated at N$150 000 is too high.
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