THE NAMIBIAN LION TRUST'S TOP PROJECTS THAT NEED FUNDING
PROJECTS IN NEED OF FUNDING AND SUPPORT 2020 AND BEYOND
The Namibian Lion Trust is dedicated to empowering communal farming communities in carnivore-conflict zones, to better manage and protect their livestock, ultimately mitigating conflict and reducing large carnivore persecution.
Through Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Conservation Education programmes, the AfriCat Foundation and the Namibian Lion Trust have contributed substantially to uplifting communal farming communities since 1997.
Thanks to dedicated donors and sponsors, 20+ nocturnal ‘bomas’ have been built to date, a larger number upgraded as well as improvements to rural schools in the !Khoa di //Hoas and Ehirovipuka Conservancies.
One such school in the Onguta Village, Ehirovipuka Conservancy, which offers a pre-school class (ages 5-6 yrs.), and grades 1-3 to approximately 50 - 60 students, was recently upgraded from dilapidated tented classrooms with sand floors, where the students were exposed to extreme heat and dust, to durable structures built from Shipping Containers.
Help sponsor an essentail salary for the Lion Guards: Keepers of the Wilderness
Our Lion Guards, are dedicated to protecting the lion as well as mitigating farmerlion conflict in Namibia’s north-west (Kunene Region). These highly respected community members are elected by their Conservancies, essentially carrying the message of Conservation from the highest authorities to the farmer; some of them once formed part of the community game-guard programme.
HELP SPONSOR WILDLIFE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT-FIELD VEHICLES AND A MOBILE VETERINARY CLINIC
Patrols, the building of protective ‘bomas’, monitoring of collared lions, rapid-response to calls for help in conflict areas as well as implementing preventative measures, takes our Lion Guards and Research Team across rugged and at times, treacherous landscape – to secure their safety at all times, the need for trustworthy, allterrain vehicles with durable tyres, well-managed maintenance plans and the necessary Insurance and Licensing, goes without saying. Such vehicles, tyres and spare parts are pricey and the cost of repairs and maintenance, is high.
Apart from community support, this Field Clinic will be equipped to deal with emergency cases amongst wildlife, such as removing snares, as well as to assist our research teams with immobilization, collaring and the select relocation of large carnivores. The Veterinarian and a small team may spend any length of time in the field, depending on the need; in addition, in collaboration with the regional State Veterinarian, the field team should also be prepared to attend to the medical needs of domestic animals, since they form an important part of standard farming practices.
HELP SPONSOR OUR CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMME
FOR OUR FUTURE - Conservation Education stands to benefit the Namibian people as a whole, by increasing awareness and understanding of the intricate environmental issues, promoting greater tolerance of large carnivores outside of reserves and finding practical and workable solutions to the human-wildlife conflict dilemma. The FOR OUR FUTURE programme endeavours to nurture skills and to develop the knowledge of learners and communities, enabling them to contribute to Conservation and the sustainable management of wildlife populations in our vast country.
The Namibian Lion Trust Conservation Education programme runs from its base along Etosha’s south-western border; ideally situated to involve schools from the Kunene Region of Namibia but also from abroad, the ‘openair classroom’ offers local and foreign school-going youth groups the opportunity to participate and to experience the wilderness first hand. In addition, Wildlife Clubs have been established in three rural schools; this initiative has resulted in a number of Conservancies requesting the same.
HELP SPONSOR TRACKING / MONITORING EQUIPMENT
Telemetry sets and GPS-Satellite Collars for Lion, Trail Cameras for Identification & Monitoring of Lion and other Large Carnivores.
The Namibian Lion Trust uses GPS-Satellite collars to track & monitor lion. Monitoring lion movement enables us to establish patterns and home ranges, as well as plot locations where lion spend extended periods of time indicating kills, dens and preferred resting places.
Over the past twenty-eight years, we have monitored lion movement along the western Etosha National Park border. In order to effectively mitigate human-wildlife conflict, we need to improve on the quality of the data collected during our studies. This can only be done by making use of current tracking technology. With your help, we can.
HELP SPONSOR A LIVESTOCK BOMA
The Namibian Lion Trust Livestock Protection Programme involves supporting farming communities through advice and guidance on improved livestock management and protective measures, specifically with regards to arid-adaptive methods such as herding and the use of ‘bomas’ during peak predator activity (from late afternoon when temperatures drop to the early morning hours), protecting them from marauding carnivores and theft.
The Farmers are in charge of maintaining their ‘boma’; our Lion Guards re-visit each sponsored ‘boma’ on a regular basis to ensure that the communal farmers keep to their side of the agreement, to repair and maintain their nocturnal ‘boma’.
Prior to construction of a sponsored ‘boma’, the Lion Guards spend ample time with the needy farming community, introducing the Livestock Protection Programme concept and responsibilities; buy-in by the community leaders and farmers is a proviso for Namibian Lion Trust assistance: cattle are to be herded and protected by a ‘boma’ at night and unwarranted persecution of large carnivores is discouraged.
However, despite the devastating drought, we do see a change in mind-set and increased co-operation once a farmer is able to safely ‘boma’ his animals.
Donations can be made through a variety of ways on our donations page.