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Chris Packham Supports AfriCat

Dear Friends and Supporters,

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As a wildlife enthusiast I am constantly concerned by the struggle we face in the battle to roll back the negative impacts that humans make on the world’s natural heritage. We are all aware of those horrific images of shark finning, tiger poaching, and savagely de-horned rhino corpses which point firmly to an impending extinction scenarios for these and so many other species. The survival prognosis for so many of the world’s natural treasures is frighteningly grim.

But in truth, for every tragic situation in animal conservation there is often an uplifting success story to counter its sadness. As impassioned and motivated individuals it is our responsibility to enthusiastically support those initiatives which are capable of making a marked and sustainable contribution to species preservation and, more importantly, that are doing it right now. Before it’s too late.

I am pleased to be an ardent advocate of the AfriCat Foundation and pleased to be its patron – indeed, I have enormous passion for AfriCat’s mission to ensure the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.

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Namibia is an extraordinarily beautiful country on the Southern Atlantic African coast – its magnificent vastness and small population is a rare combination which allows conservation efforts to make significant and real progress. The Namibian government is enlightened and progressive – striking a balance between human realities and the protection of the country’s natural heritage. Wildlife laws are well defined, clear, and enforced. It is against this solid political and practical backdrop that the AfriCat Foundation has demonstrated notable conservation leadership. AfriCat’s accomplishments since its founding in 1991 are remarkable, their vision is steadfast and their future ambitions truly exciting.

Most of Namibia’s carnivores roam free-range farmlands and the AfriCat Foundation was created to foster a harmonious existence between commercial cattle farmers on the one hand and cheetahs and leopards on the other. Typically farmers would seek to exterminate predators in order to protect their livestock as they lack the understanding of these carnivores’ behavioural patterns and thus are unable to implement the application of sound livestock farming and predator protection practices.

Initially offering to collect, move, and release live trapped predators (almost 1,100 animals rescued over the past 20 years, 85% of which were released back into the wild), the AfriCat Foundation has grown significantly since its inception and has identified the need to develop a firm focus on education, community support, research, and rehabilitation as essential components with which to plan sustainable species preservation. For instance, sharing predators’ behavioural habits with the farming community allows positive planning for calving seasons and predator-proof enclosure building. Educating Namibia’s next generation creates the conservation guardians of the future.

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AfriCat’s resourcefulness and practical energy for its mission have contributed discernibly to the conservation of Namibia’s cheetahs and leopards. The TUSK Trust has chosen AfriCat as one of its projects and AfriCat is very proud to have gained this recognition. Clearly the partnership between AfriCat and TUSK will contribute significantly to Namibia’s on-going and important conservation efforts. The AfriCat Foundation deserves your support and it is my hope that you will also become an advocate for the AfriCat Foundations tremendous work.

So please join me in supporting the plight of cheetahs, lions, leopards and wild dogs in Africa and see how AfriCat is making outstanding strides in its unwavering conservation of Namibia’s carnivores. As much as we love them these magnificent animals continued existence is not guaranteed, you see we may all know the Cheetah, yet unbelievably the species’ total global population is eclipsed by that of a small English town. A perilous predicament for one of nature greatest masterpieces. I trust that we may rely on your support.

Best wishes,
Chris Packham

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