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Meet the Hanssen siblings

hanssen siblingsTammy, Wayne, Donna & Rosalea were raised on Namibian farmland where their parents Val & Rose Hanssen, whilst struggling to make a living from livestock farming amongst predators, gave them a most precious gift . . . . a deep-seated love for the wilderness and all wildlife. This passion for all things wild, coupled with the determination to find workable solutions to the farmer-predator conflict in order to protect and conserve carnivores, led to the birth of AfriCat on the farm Okonjima, in 1993.
Through their dedication and determination, the Hanssen siblings have guided AfriCat from its humble beginnings to become one of Namibia’s most effective carnivore conservation organizations.

 

The AfriCat Foundation 2012/2013:
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2012 was a transformative year for the AfriCat Foundation – a "game-changer" in so many ways.

AfriCat is forging ahead strongly, with renewed energy and a clear direction, to implement its long-term vision. AfriCat has identified new opportunities to expand its founding principles of conservation, education, and research, which augment the long-established welfare programme.

A huge emphasis of AfriCat in 2013 shall be education, which fundamentally underpins the long-term public appreciation and understanding of Namibia’s unique natural heritage. AfriCat is generously supported by TUSK Trust to resume its Environmental Education activities, through the funding of an educator for the AfriCat Outreach programme. Through this, thousands of school children will be exposed to the work of the AfriCat Foundation.

2013 shall also see AfriCat strive to establish new research facilities and to create formal linkages with teaching institutions in Namibia and abroad – research is a critical area in which AfriCat has much to offer the scientific community, as well as providing opportunities for practical experience to local tertiary and vocational students. AfriCat’s research focus shall be on increasing the understanding of the relationship between predators and their environment in order to facilitate conservation efforts of the Namibian Government, AfriCat, other like-minded institutions, and the wider conservation community.

2012 saw AfriCat benefit from several bequests and legacies from a number of long-term AfriCat supporters who remembered the work of the Foundation in their wills. Their humbling generosity has enabled the Foundation to set about achieving its wider goals.

To maintain AfriCat’s momentum to effect sustainable change, we continue to rely on the enormous goodwill and generosity of supporters – the raising of further funding will permit AfriCat to accelerate its achievement of long-term goals which will serve to expand its conservation role in Namibia.

In this regard, Team AfriCat wants thank you for your past support and urge you to kindly continue your steadfast support of the AfriCat Foundation in 2013.

 

Word from the AfriCat Director, Ms Tammy Hoth-Hanssen

As a challenging year draws to a close, we reflect on how AfriCat has contributed to the conservation and protection of our carnivores. Have we reached our goals, have we succeeded in making a significant difference?

Lions were rescued from certain death off farmland adjacent to Etosha; the same lions were recently seen with a heavily pregnant female in a park west of Etosha, their new territory.

Leopards were collared and released in non-conflict zones and a farmer agrees to the release of a conflict leopard in her original home range; AfriCat monitors her whereabouts regularly.

Cheetah female and cubs cage-trapped by a farmer and AfriCat is called for assistance and advice; these wild-caught cheetah have been released in the Okonjima 20 000 ha Nature Reserve, with a good chance of survival.

A female Aardwolf and her small pups are monitored at her den-site via trail camera; a population density study will commence in 2013.

Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation makes inroads on communal farmland with farmers supporting AfriCat’s lion research and monitoring programme as well as adopting improved livestock protection methods, reducing the numbers of livestock killed and increasing tolerance of lions.

Environmental and Mainstream Education programmes create conservation awareness amongst the Youth. Despite some setbacks, AfriCat continues to encourage greater tolerance towards carnivores and supports farming communities in Namibia’s wilderness areas.

Our Challenge for 2013: AfriCat is determined to encourage more Namibians to take responsibility for the long-term conservation of our carnivores – with the onslaught of illegal lion-bone trade and poaching throughout Africa, we should stand strong - only then can we ensure that our lions will survive.

 

Sincere thanks to our supporters and wishing you all a HAPPY 2013!

May this be the Year of the Carnivore.

 

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