Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

20 December 2012

Namibia: Welwitschia's World By Joh Henschel

Bryony van der Merwe of Wordweaver is on a roll with the number of books she has published this year. December saw the launch of two new titles, marking the Wordweaver stable's fifth and six publishing events this year.

Early in December, Wordweaver published a book on Welwitschias by Dr Joh Henschel, and a week later they announced the release of Sumbu by Romeo Sinkala.

The launch of the long-awaited book, Welwitschia's World, took place in Swakopmund at the Uranium Institute on 6 December.

An opening speech was given by Hon. Anton von Wietersheim (MP) who spoke of the passion Joh Henschel has for nature, especially the Welwitschia plant.

Joh Henschel is an ecologist who loves the Namib. He grew up in Kwazulu-Natal, attended the Hermannsburg School, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a masters degree in marine biology and completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria on the socio-ecology of spotted hyaenas in the Kruger National Park.

His experience with the Namib started in 1977 when he followed spotted hyaenas in the Kuiseb Canyon, and later conducted research on spiders, insects, climate, Welwitschia and a host of other subjects published in 120 scientific articles and many more popular writings. Currently Joh lives in Walvis Bay with his wife Theresa, conducts ecological research and works as environmental practitioner through EnviroMEND.

The book is available at book stores countrywide.

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