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Tammy Hoth-Hanssen


Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Director AfriCat Foundation - is the public face of the Foundation in Namibia and internationally, as well as with local supporters and donors. Tammy represents AfriCat at the Large Carnivore Management Association (LCMAN) as well as the African Lion Working Group (ALWG) and interacts with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism regarding permits and policy.


Tammy and her husband Uwe, established the Afri-Leo Foundation (1997) on their farm bordering the Etosha National Park. Due to the ever-increasing demand for environmental education and human-wildlife conflict mitigation, Afri-Leo merged with AfriCat (2010); the Afri-Leo programme continues and is now known as AfriCat North. These Education, Community support and Research projects are managed by Tammy and her able team.


Tammy’s passion for wildlife and the 'bush' started out on the family farm in the rugged Khomas Hochland (the Highlands south-west of Windhoek) and grew to become a passion when her parents and siblings moved to Okonjima, where AfriCat was born. After studies in Botany, Zoology and a teaching career, she left urban life for the wilderness of Namibia’s north-west where Tammy and her family (including son, Janek and daughter, Tyla) bought the Hoth family livestock farm. Sharing a common border with the Etosha National Park, the Hoths found themselves within the human-wildlife conflict zone, losing large numbers of livestock to lions and spotted hyaena. The Afri-Leo Foundation was established, aimed at finding solutions to this farmer-predator stalemate.


"Why does man destroy that which he does not understand? When we destroy in ignorance, we reap the unexpected . . . It is only through education, that the men, women and children of Africa will come to understand that we must learn to live within our wilderness and not without."

Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Director AfriCat Foundation

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