"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.



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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.



Please help spread the word. The leopards, lions, cheetahs, wilddogs of AfriCat, the large carnivores of Namibia and farming communities that are living with these carnivores - need your help.

 Representing the AfriCat Foundation, Namibia, in the USA. 
AfriCat America Inc.
Team AfriCat, Namibia, is proud to introduce to you, AfriCat America, the most recent addition to the global AfriCat family.

AfriCat’s roots are embedded in the dry African soil, where large carnivores are still free to roam in wild places . . .  if we are able to protect their habitat from human encroachment, ensure sufficient prey-base and reduce Human-Wildlife Conflict and persecution. AfriCat America’s custodians, Pete and Wanda Hanssen, were raised on Namibian farmland; understanding the survival challenges facing both man and beast in this harsh yet pristine wilderness, they have taken up the baton in the race to conserve Namibia’s wildlife, to encourage and uplift the people who share this land and to ensure that these wild places remain for generations to come.

AfriCat Namibia spearheads the field programmes 'Conservation Through Education', Research, Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Community Support - AfriCat America creates the opportunity for people such as yourselves, to make a difference / to help us make a difference.

Please take the time to visit our websites: www.africat.org and www.africatamerica.org
We need your support.
Please join the AfriCat America Team.
Peter and Wanda Hanssen
7601 W. Southport road, Peoria, Illinois 61615 USA
CELL: +1 309 453 5556
Email: africatamerica@africat.org or pete@africatamerica.org

AfriCat America Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation and is classified as a public charity under U.S. Federal law. Donations to AfriCat America Inc. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. AfriCat America Inc. is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, transfers and gifts under U.S. Federal law. EIN 20-3174862


The AfriCat Foundation is dependent on support to maintain our various programs.

A summary of all our top projects that need your help with links to more information available here or download the PDF below.


AfriCat filed vehicle Northern Namibia

AfriCat Research and Community Support Field Vehicles

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.

Our Request:
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

Full Project Funding Details



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.

For more information and photos click here to go to Electra's adoption page on the AfriCat Namibia Website


The metabolic profiling of cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus): A systems biology approach to understanding the chronic diseases they suffer in captivity
In captivity, cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are known to suffer from several chronic diseases that do not occur in their wild-living counterparts. These include lymphoplasmacytic gastritis, glomerulosclerosis, renal amyloidosis, veno-occlusive disease of the liver, adrenal hyperplasia and several ill-defined neurological disorders. Many factors have been proposed as possibly being the cause of this phenomenon – factors such as stress, lack of exercise, low genetic variability and the provision of unnatural diets in captive facilities - but to date convincing pathophysiological explanations for these diseases have been lacking or unsatisfactory. Doctor Adrian Tordiffe investigated this problem using a systems biology approach – in other words, he attempted to understand as many of the components of the cheeatah’s metabolic system as possible.

All AfriCat 2018 news.

The Lions of Namibia need your help!

Hobatere lions Namibia

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:  AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update June 2015.
or Read our latest AfriCat News PDF

 africat vets and the hobatere lion project

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.

 africat's lion guards at work

'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:
Commerce Bank, 416 Main Street, Peoria, Illinois 61602 USA.
(Detailed banking details if rquired, may be asscertained from Peter Hanssen at the contact details below.)

Public Charity EIN 20-3174862


Virgin Money Giving page for AfriCat's work with lions. (UK)
Further information: africatamerica@africat.org 

Checks can be sent to AfriCat America Inc. at 7601 W. Southport road, Peoria, Illinois 61615 USA

Peter Hanssen
7601 W. Southport road, Peoria, Illinois 61615 USA
CELL: +1 309 453 5556
Email: africatamerica@africat.org or  pete@africatamerica.org

 mama lion and cub namibia