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Africat North

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AFRICAT North
– P.O. BOX 118 – KAMANJAB – NAMIBIA – AFRICA
Tammy Hoth-Hanssen
Tel.: ++264-67-687122 Fax.: ++264-67-687108 Mobile: + 264 81 354 8538
Email: africatnorth@iway.na

Supporting Carnivore Conservation, Communities and Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation through Education

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The AFRICAT FOUNDATION is a registered, Namibian-based, non-profit organization (# T48/93), dedicated to the protection and conservation of Namibian’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat. AfriCat actively supports the long term survival of Namibia’s large carnivores through Environmental Education, Research, Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Community Support programmes.

AfriCat North, based along Etosha’s south-western boundary, strives to mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict on farmland especially with regards to the lion (Panthera leo), by educating the youth, encouraging adapted livestock management and conducting essential research & monitoring of wild lion populations.

 

hwc community supportAfriCat North has, for many years, been directly involved with Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) incidents on communal & free-hold farmland adjacent to the Etosha National Park (ENP), where conflict situations arise when lions leave the confines of protected areas and kill livestock. In most cases, farmers have no alternative but to destroy these stock raiders.
Despite the importance of predators within ecosystems as well as their economic value for tourism, a large number of lions are killed annually.

The AfriCat community programmes directly support and up-lift the communal farming communities along the western, north-western and northern borders of the Etosha National Park. By adapting their livestock management and protection methods, both communal and free-hold farming communities will lose less livestock and, with continued support and education, these communities will destroy fewer lions. AfriCat strives to enable local communities to support themselves without endangering the valuable lion population.

Youth groups and farming communities of the Kunene, as well as other Regions, are encouraged to participate in AfriCat’s Environmental Education Programmes, ultimately establishing a deep-seated awareness of environmental issues, specifically those involving the lion (Panthera leo). Through Environmental Education, the Namibian youth as well as farmers and community leaders come to understand and appreciate the value of the wilderness and the wildlife within it.

Research and Monitoring - In order to manage Human Wildlife Conflict (the farmer-lion conflict) effectively and efficiently, it is crucial to have adequate information. AfriCat North is involved in programmes which will establish population density and activity patterns.

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WHY PROTECT THE NAMIBIAN LION ?

In April 1996, the lion in Namibia was declared a protected species.

This FIV-free status makes the Etosha lion population an extremely important founder population source. No traces of the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) or Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) have been detected in either the Kunene or Etosha populations, adding to their value for lion conservation, globally.

 

 

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Africat North Research
 

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AfriCat Environmental Education Centre

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Human Wildlife Conflict - Mitigation and farmer support

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AfriCat Research

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