"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 UK is a registered charity whose vision statement is "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.
A great evening was had by those AfriCat supporters who attended the World Premier of Roy Budd's score for the Phantom of the Opera at the London Coliseum on the 9th October. AfriCat is very grateful to all those involved for the opportunity to share in this highly successful event.
Simon Palmer has put together a 2018 calendar of his stunning shots taken at AfriCat. He is donating a percentage to AfriCat. Check out http://www.cheetahworld.com/Support/funding/ and do not forget to look at the art section art section for other gift ideas. New people are being added so do keep checking it out!
Carey and Janet from AfriCat UK are tackling different walks.
Congratulations to Carey from AfriCat UK for successfully completing the 30km walk along the South Downs in somewhat blustery conditions. Carey said he was pleased to be able to walk for AfriCat and help support the Lion Projects near Etosha. Walking with a team for Save the Rhino he said it was a challenge but it was fun and over the miles was able to discuss many conservation issues with his fellow walkers. Here they are at the start, after lunch on the march and ready for anything!
You can still donate and support Carey’s walk at or sponsor Janet via this weblink
Janet is building up to her night walk in the New Forest in October where she will be joined by others walking for AfriCat. Janet is building up her weekly walking regime and sorting out her slightly troublesome knee that has the habit of giving way on her.
Linda from Discover the World is busy persuading colleagues to join her in Richmond Park.
Update: Congratulations to all who took part in the Schools Walk, brilliant effort by all concerned and with the Guinness Record achieved as well.
Update February 2017
AfriCat North has received a very generous donation from Holland which is about 25% of the cost of phase 1. AfriCat Uk’s adopt a brick stands at 4% of the total, project money we have received from recent fundraising events will boost the total to around 50% of the need so we are making progress.
What could you do?
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/africatadoptabrick and help this drought affected community to build their lives.
Location: Onguta Village, Ehirovipuka Conservancy, Kunene Region, north-west Namibia.
The Onguta Primary School, in the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, comprises of two tents as classrooms, (the third blew away in a recent gale) sand floors and a metal trunk for storage; extreme heat and dust makes for less than ideal learning conditions! Yet, the three teachers and community are dedicated and keen to educate their children as best they can. One teacher is trying to build a temporary structure in which to teach next term. The traditional leader is a conservationist, and an exemplary leader. His aim is to offer schooling to 150 primary aged children. He is committed to the AfriCat Livestock Protection Programme (LPP) and is instrumental in minimising the persecution of large carnivores in his area of jurisdiction.
The current school.
Tammy with Carey Widdows AfriCat UK Director and Trustee and teacher Miss Herunga discussing the situation.
The community has pledged to make bricks, they have located a site and started to clear the ground. They helped to dig the trench, across rough rocky sandy dusty ground, for the water pipes to a water tank donated by AfriCat. A Namibian Architect, who designs eco-friendly projects, has been approached to design the school in its entirety; local builders will be sourced to take on this project, under AfriCat’s supervision. Volunteer opportunities to help with the construction are being explored. A school playground was built by AfriCat in April 2015, materials donated by farmers and businesses (old tyres and metal poles), the painting and hard labour undertaken by 18 students of the Private School in Swakopmund.
AfriCat wants to support this pro-active community by developing a formal school. This work forms a part of AfriCat‘s Communal Carnivore Conservation Programme and Community Support Programme. We are very keen to create a better learning environment to help the children and adults in the community improve their education and thereby enhance their future prosperity in a sustainable way. AfriCat is committed to empowering farming communities in carnivore-conflict zones, to better manage and protect their livestock, to mitigate conflict and reduce carnivore persecution and has helped communal farming communities since 1997.
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BIG CATS and BIG SMILES
Text: Nina van Schalkwyk
Photographs Elzanne Erasmus & Nina van Schalkwyk
There's a certain kind of fevour that is seen only in the eyes of people with a passion for education. Gleaming with their fondness for it.
Is it because they are changing the world, one pliable mind at a time? That must be it. I am thinking this while chatting to Sue Wagner, a lifelong teacher and this weekend's chaperone for the Mondesa Youth Opportunities (MYO) kids, who's got exactly that look in her eyes. The MYO group arrived the previous night at AfriCat's Okonjima Nature Reserve, just south of Otjiwarongo, to take part in an AfriCat education programme, or veldskool.
The group came all the way from Swakopmund, where most of them have lived their whole lives. In fact, as Sue tells me, the aim behind this weekend's excursion is to showcase a part of Namibia that they have never seen before.
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