"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 attended the 5 days of challenging weather (very hot and very wet) at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent at the end of July.
Our attendance was suggested by Maddie whom we talked to at the Bradt Big Cat Festival and after a visit and discussion AfriCat UK decided to give it a try.
It was great to meet so many people all keen and interested in how to help the cats survive in the wild. AfriCat UK had goods to sell, a quiz and a puzzle that both frustrated and intrigued those visiting the stand.
It was great to be able to catch up with Giles Clark and hear about his plans to visit Namibia and AfriCat next year.
One thing that delighted us was the level of knowledge of the younger generation, many excelled in the quiz getting all the answers correct. Prizes were on offer.
AfriCat UK has been invited back next year, with tickets selling fast. Those of you interested in coming need to book early. Thanks for Jackie and Claire who helped out with the stand and coped with the high temperature and the very wet day too!
AfriCat UK had a great welcome back from the Education Team and the keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park. For the 2nd year running the staff at Blair Drummond are raising funds for the AfriCat North Lion Project through their Link to the Wild.
Blair Drummond keepers and staff select projects that help the wild counterparts of the ‘at risk in the wild’ species within the Safari Park.
Last year they raised £1500 for a lion collar and hope to raise a similar amount this year.
If you are in the area, then it’s a great place to visit and spend the day.
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 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!