AFRICAT UK
CONSERVATION, EDUCATION
AND COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT


"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

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 News


Welcome to 2020. Let us hope it will be a good one for the planet and all the things that live in it!


We want to thank you all for your wonderful support during 2019 and before, without it we could not have: 

  • managed to help build the new school and seen the joy on the faces of the community members, the children and the staff (donations still welcome!)
     onguta school Namibia
  • paid for the lion guards and their invaluable work keeping the lions safe and helping the farmers in their areas (donations welcome) 
     AfriCat Lion Guards
  • helped to build the new classroom at Okonjima for the Environmental Education programme which is so valued by Namibian and international students alike (donations welcome)  
     environmental classrooms okonjima
  • supported the work of the researchers through the purchase and in some cases the development and design of gps collars
     collars for lions namibia
  • looked after all our ambassador cats enabling them to impress guests and pass on the message that they deserve a wildlife
     cheetahs at okonjima namibia
  • supported the team through a difficult year with the drought giving encouragement that it was all worth it 
     
  • helped spread the conservation message enabling people to join the growing number of people who do care about the planet 
     
  • Promoted the plight of the world population of lions living wild, now fewer that black and white rhino, and helped Namibia to be one of only two countries where lion populations are growing (donations welcome) 
     lion cubs northern namibia
  • Blair Drummond Safari Park keepers for their support though ‘link to the wild’
     Blair Drummond fund raising for AfriCat

Watch this space for more exciting news coming very soon.


Jenny’s legacy: Why we chose to support AfriCat and why we are so glad we did.
 

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 >>

 students at the AfriCat Education Center Namibia


AfriCat North’s work with Communal Conservancies is an opportunity to transform livelihoods.

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

WHO IS TAMMY HOTH-HANSSEN ?

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!


Pangolin Research at AfriCat

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.

 


Leopard Research at AfriCat

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.

 

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