"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.
AfriCat’s patron Chris Packham is promoting a Peoples Walk for Wildlife in Hyde Park, London on Saturday 22nd September
Watch Chris’s video and promote it amongst your friends
Come along and bring all the family – a chance to stand up for all our green spaces and the plants, birds and animals that live there – lets make a difference and help all living things thrive and survive. We need them as much as they need our help.
More details can we found at Chris Packhams website and via social media. #PeoplesWalkforWildlife
AfriCat UK invites you to join us and the Bruce Trust at a joint fundraising dinner in Reading on Friday the 16th November.
Speakers include Andrew Triggs Hodge OBE Olympic rower together with friends from the rowing faternity. More information will follow.
To book a table or a place please contact AfriCat UK trustee James Tomlinson on 07747018129.
More details will follow. There will be an auction on the night and we would just love to hear from you if you have items for the auction.
Raising funds for a GPS radio collar for AfriCat was chosen by the staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park as one of their different conservation projects this year. The Wild programmes support conservation efforts across the world and are chosen by the keepers. The animals within the Safari Park act as ambassadors for their wild counterparts providing a valuable educational resource for park visitors. Running themed days and weekends to highlight and support each project the Education team invited AfriCat to the Big Cat Weekend at the end of July. AfriCat was delighted to accept.
A wonderful real Scottish welcome awaited AfriCat which included the more traditional nice wet weekend! Our stands (AfriCat and the Education Team) moved out of the rain under the shelter offered by the Macaque House. The AfriCat stand had a steady stream of visitors and staff. It was wonderful to meet so many enthusiastic, generous knowledgeable and concerned people. The keepers and education team were found generally to be leaving with their arms full of T-shirts bags mugs and other goodies from the stand, which all helped the fund raising effort. Our particular thanks go to Stuart, Katie and Sheila without whom AfriCat would not be building what we all hope to be a long term relationship. AfriCat looks forward to coming back next year.
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Working with Communal Conservancies - An opportunity to transform livelihoods.
The importance of working with the communities who live alongside predators and suffer loss of livestock has perhaps not always been seen as crucial to long term sustainable populations of carnivores but is essential. Isolated populations in parks will not ensure the survival of endangered species in the wider eco systems. In the northwest around Kaross, most Conservancies rely on subsistence farming, herding goats and cattle. They live next to a National Park with healthy populations of lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah. The results are predictable. Unprotected livestock is picked off by predators and poor communities struggle. AfriCat works with the Communal Conservancies to build strong kraals (livestock enclosures) to protect animals, to encourage employment of herdsmen and to manage grazing to improve grass quality. The impact on these farmers’ lives from small changes in practice and assistance in the cost of protecting their animals can be transformational.
Tackling human wildlife conflict is at the centre of AfriCat's work. AfriCat UK is seeking to raise the funds to buy and equip a mobile vet clinic.
The plan is to use the vehicle to help to:
Such projects illustrate the value of keeping carnivores in the wild as it is local people who directly benefit from wildlife conservation and work alongside other community support and education projects.
Donations can be made by clicking here. More information on the project can be found at www.africat.org on the projects and wish list pages. If you have fund rising ideas we would just love to hear from you: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruited from the communities they serve the Africat Lion Guards play a vital role in supporting fellow farmers to adapt and adopt researched livestock management techniques and husbandry that have been shown to help reduce livestock losses to predation and help the farmer to build their livelihoods in a sustainable way. The Lion Guards working under the direction of Tammy at AfriCat North and with the backing and approval of the senior members of their communities help with a range of tasks from monitoring boundary fences to supporting kraal building. AfriCat UK is seeking funding of £25,000 to meet the costs for a year. Donations really help Africat and the community work together for the benefit of all. Do let us know of any fundraising idea you have by emailing email@example.com, all contributions go direct to the project and make a difference. More information can be found at AfriCat: Lion Guards