National Geographic : 1992 Jan
T iary eyes help thefittest survive in the Namib. Morningsun warms a sand dune, home to a maleAngolosaurus lizard (left). It pokes its head out to make sure the coast is clearofpredators- mainly birds ofprey -before emerging toforageforgreen narasshoots and windblown detritus that collects on the dune. An alertlionessguards a seal she killed on the beach and draggedfar inland for a solitary meal awayfromjackals.Lions alsoprey ongemsbok, ostriches, even giraffes. Yet the park's lions have long been besieged. Now all aregone. Some were killed outsidepark boundariesby livestock herdsmen; others were forced to leave by drought. Keen students of natureand renownedfor their thoroughnessin recording it, theAustralian-bornBartlettshave been living on the Skeleton Coastand filming it for eightyears. Their interest waspiqued by reportsheard during the six previousyears they spentfilming Namibia'sEtoshaNationalPark, about a hundred miles inland.