"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.
The Phantom of the Opera (Julian’s 1925 file version) will be screened at the London Coliseum on Sunday October 8, with the world premiere of Roy Budd’s score performed by the Docklands Sinfonia orchestra.
The producers of this special event have kindly agreed to support AfriCat by donating a percentage of each ticket sold to our Charity.
Date: Sunday the 8th October
Venue: London Coliseum
Time: 5 pm
Tickets: from London Coliseum
More information about Roy Budd’s score and the history read Roy Budd's Phantom of the Opera
“Roy Budd’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA score is a masterpiece of film scoring.”
See you there!
Update: Congratulations to all who took part in the Schools Walk, brilliant effort by all concerned and with the Guinness Record achieved as well.
Congratulations to all for taking part in the Schools Walk for Wildlife and especially those who chose to include AfriCat – very many thanks.
AfriCat UK is delighted that it currently has walkers in three of the Walk for Wildlife BIG 5 walks – can we find a walker for each one?
Carey and Janet from AfriCat UK are tackling different walks. Carey is opting for a 'stride' of 30k along the South Downs and is 'in training'. Janet decided to return to her routes for the 20 mile Night Walk in the New Forest and has started her training too.
Funds raised by Janet and Carey are going to help the AfriCat North Projects including the AfriCat Lion Guards, you can sponsor them here.
Linda from Discover the World is busy persuading colleagues to join her in London more details to follow.
As could be expected people attending the performance of An Audience with Chris Packham came away inspired and entertained. The evenings included discussion on Chris’s book ‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar’ with the second half being a question and answer session from the floor. Over the three nights topics ranged from Chris’s favourite animal (his dog Scratchy); to where to go bird watching (your local patch) to how to prevent illegal persecution of birds in the UK, Malta and Cyprus and other conservation concerns for example the impact of leaving the EU. Chris' message was clear if you care about the environment then using legal methods and the power of social media make a difference by letting politicians and decisions makers and others aware of your views.
AfriCat Uk was delighted to be able to meet so many people during the evenings. It was lovely to hear account of visits from those who had been to Okonjima the home of the Africat Foundation. As well as selling our goods to raise funds and explaining AfriCat’s work we promoted the Walk 4 Wildlife encouraging people to take part particularly with the schools walk on the 19th May 2017
Simon Palmer www.cheetahworld.com
Photographer, writer, presenter, and cameraman.
Simon has been taking photographs for AfriCat since his first visit in 2011. He is known for his passion for wildlife and conservation, regularly presenting to photographic clubs and other organisations giving talks on the photography he carries out at AfriCat and the Okonjima reserve. Simon says that all his work must give something back and as such, he will donate £5 from the sale of each print to AfriCat.
Looking for a gift? Check out Simon's website for a variety of stunning prints.
He is kindly donating £5 for any lion leopard or cheetah print he sells to AfriCat.
When AfriCat UK took a call from Village Vet last year we were delighted to start building a partnership to promote the work of the AfriCat in Namibia. Happily for AfriCat Brendan Village Vet’s MD went on holiday to Namibia with his family and stayed at Okonjima, the home of the AfriCat Foundation, during the annual animal health checks. His experience working with the AfriCat Namibian team seeing firsthand the research, care and treatment of the cats motivated him to offer AfriCat the opportunity to become a charitable partner linked with the cat hospital facility of Village Vet.
AfriCat's newest project is to try and secure the funds to buy and equip a new mobile vet clinic. This will support the work of AfriCat in Namibia helping work in the bush when collaring lions or other animals and enabling improved support to be offered to communal farmers when their animals are injured by predators or become entangled with man-made hazards like snares.
Village Vet has a number of practices in London and the Home Counties check them out www.villagevet.co.uk
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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