"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.
We want to thank you all for your wonderful support during 2019 and before, without it we could not have:
Watch this space for more exciting news coming very soon.
The AfriCat Foundation has a wonderful new classroom at its Environment Education Centre at Okonjima all thanks to the generosity of the family and friends of Jenny Horan. Very sadly Jenny died while on her gap year working on a conservation project from a known heart condition. Her family Frank, Sally, Sean and Angus wanted to ensure a lasting legacy in her memory that supported her own goals in life. Jenny wanted to make a difference to the world, support conservation and help those facing challenges as she herself had learnt to live with her own health challenge. An education project supporting conservation in Africa seemed highly appropriate. A conversation with a friend lead to discussions with AfriCat. The classroom will be used by groups of students from Namibia and worldwide coming together to learn about living sustainably, eco systems, endangered species and ways of ensuring our world continues to thrive for the benefit of all.
Read more and be inspired by a young women’s life >>
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!
Meet Kelsey Prediger - Pangolin Researcher
Kelsey grew up immersed in nature on a small lake in the United States, this is what developed her passion for nature and wildlife, ultimately bringing her to Namibia. She received her BSc in Zoology and Environmental Biology and BA in German at Michigan State University in 2013. After graduation, she was ready to jump into the field of zoology to further expand her experience and see which direction in conservation she would like to go for graduate studies. She has worked a variety of positions ranging from zoos to sanctuaries to conservation centers focusing on large carnivores. These experiences honed her interest to focus on endangered species conservation.
Meet Jenny Noak - AfriCat Leopard Researcher
Jenny Noack joined Team AfriCat in September 2014. She studied biology in Germany and completed her Bachelor of Science at the Freie Universität zu Berlin in 2010 and specialized afterwards in Evolution and Organismic Biology with emphasis on Zoology and Conservation at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Jenny finished her studies with a Master of Science degree after a 4-months field project at the AfriCat North headquarters that aimed to investigate the occurrence of large carnivores and their potential prey species via the application of camera traps.