NAMIBIAN LION TRUST - VIDEOS
The Namibian Lion Trust guides and encourages farmers to accept and practice innovative and arid-adaptive livestock-management, farming techniques and, most importantly, livestock protection methods: the use of strong, predator-proof bomas, LionLights and herdsmen. In most cases, the farmers are keen to take on the new farming techniques and management ideas, agreeing to maintain the structures donated by Namibian Lion Trust. In appreciation of this support, they commit to refrain from persecuting large carnivores. This mutual understanding is endorsed by the traditional leaders and should be disseminated to the farmers.
The magnificent Lion, the ‘King of the Beasts’, is under threat. A century ago, an estimated 200.000 wild lions roamed the African continent. Nowadays, only ca 20.000 free-roaming lions can be found and their historic range has been reduced by 95 percent and their habitat continues to be under attack. The lion is at the top of the food chain and does not have a natural enemy, however their survival is still at stake.
With a number of collars providing invaluable data, greater insight is available regarding cross-border lion migration, supporting improved Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation methods.
Children are our future and when we teach children the importance of conservation and sustainability, they will carry this with them for life and act accordingly when they grow up. For this reason, the third pillar of the Namibian Lion Trust concentrates on the Conservation Education amongst the Namibian youth; this schooling guidance does not only result in a more positive outlook on the lion species, but it also creates new opportunities and the chance of new an added income,’ improved livelihood, such as especially through wildlife tourism.
The Onguta AfriCat Primary School opened its doors on 11 July 2019. The children now receive education in two, fully functional classrooms and besides the regular curriculum, the teaching will also focus on the natural appreciation of wildlife including extra-curricular activities. In this way, the students will gain greater understanding and a love for their environment and the wildlife therein. Our hope is that they will understand what they are taught and experience, they will love what they understand, and they will conserve what they love.