News 2017

  AfriCat Information Centre

The Three Phases of AfriCat’s Carnivore Care & Information Centre
We’ve come a long way since afternoon tea with 'Chinga' on the lawn! From cheetah, lion and leopard rescue, care and release - TO rescue, rehabilitation, community support and research! From farmer support - TO 'Conservation Through Education'! We are committed to encouraging our youth and communities to ensure the survival of large carnivores, within a balanced ecosystem. Here at AfriCat, over the past two decades, the Rescue and Release Programme developed as a result of our relationship with the farming community. The 'Welfare and Carnivore Care Centre', in turn, was a by-product of the Rescue and Release Programme.

 herd of wilderbeest in the Okonjima Nature Reserve

Okonjima Lodge Game Count Information Summary Report: Game Count 11-13 October 2016
Some 38 years or longer ago conservationists already had a clear vision with the practicalities that can be encountered with Park Management and saw the necessity to perform game counts. In "Counting Animals" Norton-Griffith emphasizes: No form of wildlife management, whether it is the establishment of cropping or hunting quotas, the development of tourism or the demarcation of boundaries is possible without reliable information on the numbers, population dynamics and movements of the animals concerned. This account deals with many of the practical problems that are met with when designing and carrying out a wildlife census. (1)

 Okonjima Leopard

Season Report 2016 - 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016
Nkozi was the most sighted male leopard during the year with 255 sightings. Even though he was occasionally spotted in his former ranges in the eastern part of the reserve, it seems as though he has shifted his hunting grounds mainly into the central-western parts. We believe this could be the result of high competition by other males in the area, although he now has to deal with younger challengers in his new ranges as well. However, exploitation of new areas has the advantage of new mating opportunities and Nkozi was seen mating regularly with Lila as well as Isaskia throughout the year.