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Neuras: Wine & Wildlife Estate Hosts a Successful Wild Dog Mountain Bike Race

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The N/a’an ku sê Foundation was founded by Marlice van Vuuren, one of Namibia’s most well-known conservationists, and her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren in 2006.

They had two aims –to protect and conserve Namibia’s vulnerable wildlife and to improve the lives of the marginalized San Bushman community. Since 2006 the N/a’an ku sê Foundation has bloomed into a thriving venture with distinct projects in Windhoek, Neuras, Solitaire and Epukiro.

On September 7th of 2013 Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate hosted the African Wild Dog Mountain Bike Race at Neuras, 80km from Sossusvlei, on the 14,400 hectare large estate. Dressed in Wild Dog costumes and armed with a passion for the conservation of the species, teams of 4 raced to the finish line 36.5km away. At sunrise the racers were greeted by a view of the Naukluft Mountains, and throughout the morning they experienced the breath-taking beauty of the desert terrain, with the last stage running through one of our canyons. African Wild Dogs experience challenges on a daily basis, so our racers were given challenges along the way of the race as well. Quizzes, group challenges, and the secret challenge of a Gangnam Style dance-off gave racers chances to win back minutes throughout the race. Wondering what that might look like? Check out the compilation of racers dancing Gangnam style at youtube.com/Naankuse1.

We’d like to congratulate the team “Wild Wheelers”, including Daneel and Santie van der Walt and Ezanne and Louis van der Berg, for their stellar performance and win of the overall race. Furthermore, we’d like to congratulate Andreas Brueckner from the NamibRand team for winning the “Alpha Dog” award for his fantastic leadership and spirit during the race. Lastly, we’d like to congratulate the team “Painted Pedals” for winning the best costume award.

The N/a’an ku sê Foundation rehabilitates and houses injured or orphaned animals with the hopes of releasing them back to the wild. At the site in Windhoek N/a’an ku sê is home to 13 Wild Dogs, which are part of an on-going research project and awareness campaign of the plight of the African Wild Dog, the 2nd most endangered carnivore in Africa behind the Ethiopian wolf. Funds raised by the race go towards the research, conservation and rehabilitation of the species at N/a’an ku sê and their hopeful future. As a yearly event, our goal is to raise N$50,000 towards this worthwhile cause.

In the newest location, Neuras: N/a’an ku sê Wine and Wildlife Foundation, wine production is used to support conservation projects in addition to conservation activities, such as tracking released carnivores. Guests can experience the beauty of the desert while tasting Namibian wine, a truly unique experience.

We’d like to thank all of our racers, supporters and sponsors, including Painted Wolf Wines, Swanam Insurance, Brochures Namibia and HitRadio Namibia. Without their support, the race would not have been possible.

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