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AfriCat / Namibian Lion Trust Onguta Community School
The AfriCat CCCP is dedicated to empowering communal farming communities in carnivore-conflict zones to better manage and protect their livestock, ultimately mitigating conflict and reducing large carnivore persecution. Through Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Environmental Education programmes, AfriCat has contributed to uplifting communal farming communities since 1997. Needs are identified and thanks to dedicated donors and sponsors, 20 plus nocturnal kraals have been built to date, a larger number upgraded as well as improvements to rural schools in the !Khoa di //Hoas and Ehirovipuka Conservancies. One such school in the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, the Onguta Primary School, which offers a pre-school class (ages 5-6 yrs.), and grades 1-3 to approximately 50 – 60 students, comprises three tents as classrooms, sand floors and a metal trunk for storage; extreme heat and dust makes for a less than ideal learning environment.
AfriCat Lion Guardians
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.
Who is Tammy Hoth-Hanssen
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!
As an organisation dedicated to recognising, analysing and producing solutions to Namibian conservation challenges, The AfriCat Foundation works alongside NGOs, committed individuals, collaborating scientists, conservation authorities, and farming communities in an effort to fulfil its strategy for success.
Meet Jenny Noak - AfriCat Leopard Researcher
Jenny Noack joined Team AfriCat in September 2014. She studied biology in Germany and completed her Bachelor of Science at the Freie Universität zu Berlin in 2010 and specialized afterwards in Evolution and Organismic Biology with emphasis on Zoology and Conservation at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Jenny finished her studies with a Master of Science degree after a 4-months field project at the AfriCat North headquarters that aimed to investigate the occurrence of large carnivores and their potential prey species via the application of camera traps.
Meet Kelsey Prediger - Pangolin Researcher
Kelsey grew up immersed in nature on a small lake in the United States, this is what developed her passion for nature and wildlife, ultimately bringing her to Namibia. She received her BSc in Zoology and Environmental Biology and BA in German at Michigan State University in 2013. After graduation, she was ready to jump into the field of zoology to further expand her experience and see which direction in conservation she would like to go for graduate studies. She has worked a variety of positions ranging from zoos to sanctuaries to conservation centers focusing on large carnivores. These experiences honed her interest to focus on endangered species conservation.
Meet Dr Sarah Edwards - AfriCat Hyaena Researcher
Originally from Cheshire in the United Kingdom, Sarah first came to Namibia in 2007 and fell in love with the country, its people and wildlife. Having gained a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at University Sarah studied ground squirrels on the NamibRand Nature Reserve for a year before returning to the UK to complete her masters in Animal Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Meet Louis Heyns - AfriCat Para-Vet & Park Manager
From dusk till dawn, Louis carefully monitors all the carnivores in the reserve. This includes making sure the rehabilitated cheetahs are hunting on their own and if there is enough water in the area, following the pack of wild dogs and checking up on the spotted hyaenas. As a part of our ongoing prey and predator density study in Okonjima, Louis also monitors the leopards in the reserve, their movements, territories and setting up boxtraps with live camera feeds to catch and collar our leopards for research purposes.
Situated halfway between Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park, the private 55,000 acres / 200km²/20,000 ha. Okonjima Nature Reserve has some of the best accommodation in Namibia, but the unequivocal highlight has to be the cheetah and leopard safaris.
Namibian safaris are magnificent and, as The AfriCat Foundation rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyaenas, there are unlimited opportunities to see these beautiful carnivores in their natural environment within the huge Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Director AfriCat Foundation - is the public face of the Foundation in Namibia and internationally. Tammy's passion for wildlife and the 'bush' started out on the family farm in the rugged Khomas Hochland (the Highlands south-west of Windhoek) and grew to become a passion when her parents and siblings moved to Okonjima, where AfriCat was born. After studies in Botany, Zoology and a teaching career, she left urban life for the wilderness of Namibia's north-west where Tammy and her family bought a family livestock farm. Sharing a common border with the Etosha National Park, they found themselves within the human-wildlife conflict zone, losing large numbers of livestock to lions and spotted hyaena. AfriCat North was established, aimed at finding solutions to this farmer-predator stalemate.
Environmental Education: - "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." Nelson Mandela AfriCat provides Environmental Education programmes for the youth of Namibia by guiding them towards a greater understanding of the natural world and the importance of wildlife conservation -- our main objective, promoting predator and environmental awareness among Namibian youth. After many years of working with the farming community it became clear that youth education was vital to the long-term conservation of large carnivores. The AfriCat Environmental Education Programme aims to inform and empower Namibia's youth about large carnivores, conservation and the Namibian environment.
FILMED AND EDITED BY ITV, UK - © itv 2010. Taking Care of the Land: Wayne Hanssen leads the Okonjima team in a tourism venture that offers their guests 'authenticity' and 'luxury'. Funds are used for 'conservation', 'environmental education' and 'social responsibility'.
HIS PASSION: Is grassland science.
HIS DREAM: To turn Okonjima's 55 000acres of Nature Reserve into what it once looked like, before man destroyed it due to a lack of understanding the fragile nature of our environment.
HIS WISH: Is for the next generation that hold the future of this land in their hands, to learn from our mistakes and to 'BE the change they wish to see' in this beautiful country, Namibia!
FILMED AND EDITED BY ITV, UK - © itv 2010.
Each year, the AfriCat Team including supporting Veterinarians, successfully undertake a Dental Check on the resident cheetah, leopard, lion & wild dog at our Carnivore Care Centre based in the Okonjima Nature Reserve. This way, AfriCat's welfare, rehabilitation & carnivore programmes can assist long-term carnivore research, adding to the over-all conservation of the species. Also, when a carnivore is injured at AfriCat or in the Okonjima Nature Reserve -- local vets assist wherever they can with emergencies.
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Mafana, a large male leopard in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, was always eluding rangers who needed to put a collar on him.
Filmed by Wild Dog Productions Pty.
Filmed by Wild Dog Productions Pty.
For more information about The AfriCat Foundation please visit www.africat.org