Faced with poachers who are ravaging elephant and rhino populations, African nations could do worse than look to Namibia for a game plan.
Monty, a white mongrel with black ears, sat next to her owner at a Windhoek shopping centre and enjoyed pats from children as their mothers shrieked.
When Hifikepunye Pohamba first ran for Namibian president five years ago, Sam Nujoma was still seen as the power behind the throne.
.Diamond-producing nations open a meeting on Tuesday to review global efforts to prevent trade in the gems from fuelling conflicts
Soft chanting from young children floated past weathered tents on red Kalahari soil as a wrinkled old man sat on a cracked plastic chair.
As flood waters in Namibia subside after nearly four months, residents are slowly repairing their homesteads and harvesting the few remaining crops.
Namibia held out longer than the majority of its counterparts in Southern Africa before signing the interim economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union, managing in the process to squeeze some concessions from Brussels after intense diplomatic efforts.
They roamed the savannahs and open plains for thousands of years, but the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of Southern Africa's San tribes is slowly being squeezed towards extinction. About 30 000 San remain in Namibia, with the Haikom and Juhoansi the largest groups.
The Etosha National Park, once the world's largest game reserve and home to 114 different mammal species, celebrates its centenary this month as the jewel in Namibia's crown. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock each year to Etosha in the north of the mainly desert nation of about two million people.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Namibia on Tuesday at the start of a three-day visit which will see him hold talks with counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba and sign a number of bilateral agreements. Pohamba was on hand to greet Mugabe who was given a red-carpet reception at Windhoek airport.