"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 UK are excited about their forthcoming weekend on 13th and 14th July and looking forward to catching up with the team there and the lions.
The AfriCat Lion Project greatly benefited from last year’s donation.
The plan is to collar selected members of the prides within the project area so that their ranges and movements can monitored. This information then supports the Lion Guards work in education and support for their fellow farmers. Knowing were the lions are allows AfriCat to offer an early warning alert system to farmers and the Lion Guards can then go to help and if necessary even chase the lions away.
If you are near by come and visit Blair Drummond Safari Park and say hello to us.
We would love to see you.
AfriCat would love to hear from you if you are considering an event for charity.
Jack and Janet conquered their fears and ‘Leapt for Lions’ jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet, free falling for 30sec and then a gentle glide down while having a go at steering the chute with stunning views of Salisbury plains.
For those looking for evidence the pictures tell the story and do not forget you can still sponsor.
AfriCat UK was delighted to be a co-sponsor of the Bradt Big Cat Festival 2019.
The event saw AfriCat’s Patron Chris Packham as keynote speaker talking about the issues facing the conservation of Big Cats and the planet as a whole. Speaking eloquently and with passion Chris talked about the value and importance of conservation groups working together.
The world is in a period of mass extinction which is a direct result of our actions and despite the dire need for action and joined up thinking Chris remained optimistic for the long term future of the planet. The reason being that the human race is good at problem solving but not so good at prevention. He suspected there would need to be several major critical events that would galvanize the world into action. The fact that the threats from plastics are now better understood worldwide and ‘action’ being taken provides one example of how the balance is tipping. Chris with Paul Goldstein from Exodus entertained the audience with critiques of each other’s photo’s.
For more photos and a report of the day: read more >>
AfriCat UK has been delighted with the response to Protect our Pride and many thanks for all the kind donations. We have very nearly reached the target set which was to enable the team to meet the costs of collaring and monitoring a lion for about 6 months. One of the roadside pride lionesses was recently successfully collared after a number of unsuccessful attempts. Lions have a mind of their own and do not always make life easy for the collaring team.
For the lions to continue to thrive alongside the local farmers funds are still needed to sustain the work, collar additional lions and keep the lions and farmers safe. To make a donation please click this link Protect our Pride. For those of you that saw the Dynasties Lion episode which showed the effects of poisoning on the lion family you will know how vitally important it is to work with local communities so that incidents of poisoning, trapping and shooting are reduced and ultimately eliminated. This is what AfriCat strives to do.
The Protect Our Pride Campaign focuses on:
You donation you will help pay for:
To support this project click on the following link: #Protect our Pride
READ MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF AFRICAT NORTH: The role of the AfriCat Lion Guards keepers of the wild is central and key to AfriCat overall success. The goal is to increase the number of lion guards and donations really help AfriCat and the community work together for the benefit of all.
More information can be found at AfriCat: Lion Guards
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!