"Ultimately conservation is about people. If you don’t have sustainable development around wildlife parks – then the people will have no interest in them and the parks will not survive."
AfriCat America is a registered charity whose vision statement is “Carnivore Conservation, Environmental Education, Research and Community Enhancement”. We predominantly support and raise awareness of the AfriCat Foundation (a registered Namibian not for profit organisation).
AfriCat Foundation HQ is based at Okonjima www.okonjima.com, a private, 200km² nature reserve, 50 kilometers south of Otjiwarongo in central Namibia, and the AfriCat North base borders, western Etosha National Park. The AfriCat Foundation was founded in the early 90's and formally registered as a non-profit organisation in August 1993.
AfriCat has since grown significantly and what started out primarily as a welfare organisation has over the years identified the need to include a focus on child and adult education and research as being essential to accomplishing our mission - the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores and the enhancement of the surrounding communities.
Truly great projects need great sponsorship!
Realising the importance of AfriCat's projects, sponsorship is what keeps this Foundation alive, and support on an 'ongoing basis' – is what is considered by many to be the most effective way of helping a foundation achieve good work.
To make a donation to AfriCat America please click on the donate button to be taken to our online Payeezy Gateway page to make donations with your credit card.
Director of the AfriCat Foundation, Tammy runs the AfriCat North projects based along the South Western Boundary of Etosha National Park, Namibia. With a deep passion for wildlife since childhood, it is her wish to spread this love and dedication for our natural world far and wide. This is the story of a woman trying to ensure our Namibian carnivores, especially the Lion, have a future!
GPS Tracking Collars and the Early-Warning System can protect Lions & keep Livestock Safe, in the joint-hands of Farmers & the AfriCat Lion Guard Team.
The Lion Guards are dedicated members of their own communities and are held in much respect. Farmers in their own right, they have a comprehensive understanding of the pressures and challenges that their counterparts face, striving to make a living in the wilderness. They also uniquely understand the importance which traditional farmers place on their livestock.
Seemingly in contradiction to this, they also have great affection for the lion and it is upon this which their own work with CCCP is founded.
Lion Guards play a pivotal, community-based, role in protecting lion and mitigating lion-farmer conflict on communal farmland. They dedicate themselves to providing guidance, assistance and advice to community members regarding livestock management & protection, encouraging greater tolerance of wildlife and the adoption of conservation education initiatives.
AfriCat launched its’ in-depth ‘AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project’ aimed at studying the lion in the north west of Namibia in 2013.
Focusing on population dynamics and movements of the lion Panthera leo population within the Hobatere Concession Area, the western side of Etosha National Park, and adjacent freehold and communal farmland, this study aims to last for a minimum of 10 years.
The aim is to establish and sustain accurate data on the density demography, population dynamics and behavior ecology of lion in these areas. This is done using GPS-Satellite collars worn by a number of lion within the designated research area.
These collars provide regular positioning reports of the individuals – and their associated groups – and so provides much needed information re movement of lion across territory borders, into and out of Protected lands (such as Hobatere and the Etosha National Park) and through communal and commercial farmland.
With the data collected, AfriCat are able to monitor the lion behavior and track their movements. Not only does this provide data for the overall research project, but it also enables AfriCat to provide practical help to farmers in the region, alerting them to the presence of lion in their own area.
The AfriCat Foundation is dependent on support to maintain our various programs.
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Through our personal experience as farmers and our understanding of the communal livestock farmers’ struggle against predators, especially the lion and spotted hyaena, AfriCat has identified the need for education and improved livestock management and protection methods on both communal and free-hold (commercial) farmland.
Field Vehicles, 4x4 pick-ups fitted with extra long-range fuel tanks, water containers, heavy-duty springs and tyres.
Solvay sponsored 2 vehicles, but AfriCat is in dire need for sponsorship to cover all fuel costs, vehicle insurance and service cover.
2 more 'Field Vehicles' are required to operate along the western Etosha National Park border and on commercial Namibian farmland, to protect persecuted populations and encourage change in livestock-management and protection, in north western and central Namibia.
Fuel Cost approx. per month. | Field Vehicle purchase approx. N$650 000.00 – N$ 900 000.00 per vehicle
Electra was collared in May 2010 when she was approximately about 18 – 24 months old. She has grown into a beautiful cat and has become one of Okonjima’s most famous leopard ladies. Due to the fact that she was initially very shy and cautious around cars and people, Electra was only seen rarely during the first two years. Since then Electra has become more familiar and relaxed with company and is one of the most popular leopards among guides and guests.
Sponsor a leopard: https://africat.org/sponsor-a-leopard/
Lion Whisperer Volunteers to work with AfriCat
AfriCat works where Human-Wildlife Conflict is at its greatest, an age-old story throughout Africa where communities are going about their traditional farming methods on the fringes of wilderness areas. The work is in remote areas and offers up incredibly difficult conditions for communities trying to protect their livestock from predators. It is here, from the field base at AfriCat North, where various programmes mitigate the conflict between the two. These projects are dependent on the generosity of sponsors and donors, and one of these is the Kevin Richardson Foundation. Kevin recently visited the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima and further afield, met with the AfriCat North Lion Guards, who dedicate their time and energy to promoting greater tolerance and co-existence on communal farmland adjacent to protected areas such as the Etosha National Park and the Hobatere Concession.
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With less than 900 lions left in Namibia AfriCat’s mission to seek out approaches that support large carnivores to live out their natural lives in Namibia’s wilderness while taking into account the needs of farmers and local communities is critical if lions are to continue to roam free outside protected areas.
AfriCat North, based on the Western Borders of Etosha National Park, is the hub of AfriCat’s work with lions. Here the central AfriCat themes of research, education, animal welfare and Human-Wildlife Mitigation are in action.
The Lion Research Project in the Hobatere concession area that boarders Etosha National Park has identified a number of individual lions in the area. The GPS collars have provided invaluable data in terms of their home ranges, the number and frequency of their excursions in and out of the park, diet, social movements and can be used to help local farmers and communities know when the lions are in their vicinity. The project has been extended westward with more lions being collared to increase the understanding of lion movements and populations in the area.
Further details and project updates can be found on the AfriCat.org website:
See: Lion Research
AfriCat works with the different 'conservancies' in the area, on a Human Wildlife Mitigation Programme building relationships and offering a range of practical help to the local community farmers.
Research has identified a range of farming practices that can protect both livestock and lions. AfriCat North encourages and supports the communities to adapt their farming practices to 'accommodate' the lions and reduce their livestock losses to lion predation.
This is where the work of the AfriCat Lion Guards comes into its own. These men are elected by their communities and are playing a vital role in mitigating lion-farmer conflict on communal farmland. AfriCat North working with and through the local chiefs agrees a programme of support for the communities which includes help and advice, building or strengthening the kraals, education and community development in return for the communities willingness to stop killing lions. The AfriCat Lion Guards have been able to use the data from the GPS collars on the research lions to inform specific farmers when the lions are in their area. As community farmers themselves, they understand the pressures and issues facing the communities. Overall there has been a reduction in numbers of livestock lost and lions shot, which must be a win/win situation.
'Conservation Through Education' is seen as essential if long term sustainability is to be achieved. AfriCat North offers school groups from Namibia and the UK the chance to undertake practical projects such as building kraals and facilities for schools like bathrooms and playgrounds. Environmental Education programmes at AfriCat HQ run for local school children with the message that there is a way to accommodate both wildlife and people to the benefit of both.
There are hunting lodges within the region and while trophy hunting is strictly controlled, the example of 'Cecil' shows what can happen . . . AfriCat, the Lion Guards and the Human Wildlife Mitigation programme provide a way of reducing the risk of this happening.
At AfriCat HQ based at Okonjima lodge there are the 'ambassador lions'. Visitors to the lodge can view these wonderful animals, thanks in part to funding from AfriCat UK, close up but safely. The three lion ambassadors at the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre, have their own stories (which can be read at: adopt a carnivore at AfriCat's Carnivore Care Centre ) All were 'rescued' and are now old as well as habituated to people. Releasing them back into the wild is not, sadly, a safe option however they provide great opportunities for education and photography.
Funds are needed to support these programmes. For example to: buy GPS collars and other darting expenses, pay the Lion Guards, run the vehicles, buy materials for the kraals, maintain the lion hide at AfriCat HQ, feed the ambassador lions etc. Any funds raised will go direct to AfriCat - all UK staff are volunteers.
Donations can be made via either our US Bank Account:
AfriCat America Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Account Name: Africat America Inc
Account Number: 345296002
Bank: Commerce Bank
Branch: Commerce Bank, Main Street Branch, Peoria
Address: 416 Main Street, Peoria, Illinois 61602, USA
Pay Routing: 101000019
AfriCat America Inc Public Charity EIN: 20-3174862
Peter and Wanda Hanssen, 7601 W, Southport Road, Peoria, Illinois, 61615, USA.
Mobile phone: +1 309 453 5556
Virgin Money Giving page for AfriCat's work with lions. (UK)
Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Checks can be sent to AfriCat America Inc. at 7601 W. Southport road, Peoria, Illinois 61615 USA
7601 W. Southport road, Peoria, Illinois 61615 USA
CELL: +1 309 453 5556