africat annual report 2016-2018

AfriCat Foundation Annual Report 2016-2018
The AfriCat story started in 1970, when the Hanssen family settled on the farm Okonjima in central Namibia. Brahman cattle were raised on the land but annual losses of calves to predators, particularly leopards, amounted to between 20 and 30 per year, decimating the herd and resulting in huge financial losses. As with many farmers at that time, the Hanssens took the path of trapping, shooting, and hunting leopards in an attempt to minimise their losses.
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  AfriCat annual report 2014-2016

AfriCat Foundation Annual Report 2014-2016
Habitat loss is one of the largest threats to the large carnivore populations in Namibia. Over 7,000 commercial livestock and game farms cover approximately 355,000 km2 and communal land covers an estimated area of 125,000 km2 of Namibia’s total 825,418 km2. With the majority of leopards and cheetahs existing in these parts of the country, the resulting conflict between these predators and farmers protecting their livelihood is inevitable as the areas of natural habitat where these animals can safely exist have, consequently, been reduced dramatically.
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 AfriCat annual report 2012-2014

AfriCat Foundation Annual Report 2012-2014
Namibia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s cheetah population, of which 90% live on farmland. Namibia’s other large carnivores, namely leopards, lions, Wild Dogs, brown and spotted hyenas, are not, however, believed to make up such a large percentage of the world’s population even though they also all occur in the unique farmland ecosystem. It is the inevitable conflict with humans on commercial and communal farmland that created the necessity for the establishment of the AfriCat Foundation.
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