AFRICAT - WHAT YOU CAN DO
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Many companies wish to support charities or charitable projects as part of their and their employees' strategy to produce an overall positive impact on society. We would be grateful and delighted to have discussions with any company wanting to consider this with AfriCat.
The AfriCat Foundation and Africat UK is dependent on support to maintain our various programs.
Truly great projects need great sponsorship!
Here are some of ours that we need help to fund.
1. Support a Rehabilitated Cheetah
AfriCat's Cheetah Rehabilitation project was initiated to give some of our captive cheetahs an opportunity to return to their natural environment. Although hunting in carnivores is instinctive, many of the cheetahs at AfriCat lack experience due to being orphaned or removed from the wild at an early age. This inexperience, as well as their conditioning to captivity, makes these animals unsuitable for release on farmland. The cheetahs (usually a coalition of brothers and sisters) are fitted with radio-collars before their release into the 20 000ha Nature Reserve so that their welfare and progress can be closely monitored. Rehabilitated cheetahs are not released on farmland.
You can support the monitoring of a recently rehabilitated cheetah in the Okonjima Nature Reserve:
2. Support Environmental Education
After many years of working with the farming communities it became evident that environmental education was vital to the long-term conservation of large carnivores. The main aim of the programme will be to develop and improve environmental education for the benefit of the Namibian people in an attempt to increase awareness and understanding of the complexities of environmental issues, promote greater tolerance of large carnivores outside of protected areas and to find practical solutions to the human-wildlife conflict situation. The programme will endeavour to develop the knowledge and skills of learners and communities, enabling them to participate in the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife populations in Namibia.
For more information: support Environmental Education.
The funding goes towards covering the cost of education material, transport and food.
3. Build a Kraal
The communal livestock kraals AfriCat North constructs are, 2.2m high, between 20m & 50m broad and between 50m and 70m long. At times only an 'up-grade' is required. (the original kraal taken down and a larger, higher kraal re-built using all of the original material as well as new mesh-wire that is always sponsored). The 'apron' at the base of the erected fence – which is a section of mesh-wire that is dug into the ground and stabilised with rocks, preventing entry by burrowing predators, completes the kraal. The fence material is valued at approx. N$ 40 000.00 to N$70 000 (depending on size).
For more information: build a kraal
N$40,000 | US$4000 | £2500 | €3077 will sponsor the costs of 1 stock-kraal 2m x 40m x 40m
4. Sponsor AfriCat's Fuel
Help AfriCat by sponsoring towards our fuel costs.
You can support the monitoring of a recently rehabilitated carnivore in the 200 km² Okonjima Nature Reserve.Although hunting is instinctive in carnivores, many of the cheetahs at AFRICAT lack experience due to being orphaned or removed from the wild at an early age. This inexperience, as well as their conditioning to captivity, makes them unsuitable for immediate release back into the wild. The AfriCat Foundation provides captive cheetahs with the opportunity to hone their hunting skills and become self-sustaining and thereby giving them a chance to return to the wild. The captive cheetahs are fitted with radio-collars prior to their release into the reserve, so that their welfare and progress can be closely monitored.
YOUR support will cover the tracking vehicle's fuel cost during their first 1 to 6 month monitoring period.
or help AfriCat's vision to restore the land back to its original state and once again witness the magnificent cheetah stalking and hunting its prey in it's natural environment. Over the past hundred years, commercial farming has probably caused the most damage to Namibia's natural habitat. Due to over grazing and controlled natural fires, certain bush species were able to get the upper hand and resulted in the majority of Namibia's open plains becoming thorny thickets. The Cheetah's preferred habitat is open plains. Here, their speed and binocular vision give them the advantage over their prey and competitors. In areas where the bush has become too thick, the cheetah is suddenly at a disadvantage. Other predators, like leopards, can very easily sneak up and kill a cheetah as the cheetah cannot see the other cat approaching. Also, it forces the cheetah to hunt in areas which are typical leopard habitat.
YOUR support will cover the fuel used to remove bush mechanically – which is the fastest and most effective way.
5. Support AfriCat's Carnivore Care Centre
It costs about N$2,000 000 (£110,000) a year to cover all the Care Centre costs - food, salaries, fuel, admin etc.
For more information:
Support animals in our Carnivore Care Centre
6. Sponsor an AfriCat Project
The AfriCat Environmental Education Programme
(costs have now been calculated and can be sent to you. TUSK sponsors the junior educator's salary, BUT no running costs.)
Sponsor an Annual Health-Check
N$100,000 | US$10,000 | £6250 | €7692