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Sponsor Land to Establish a 'Centre for Adult Learning' In The Kunene Region, North-West Namibia

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The education of the youth is essential to establish conservation-minded, tolerant future generations; the damage and destruction of wildlife is, however, undertaken by adults in the present, who may or may not have a basic education, fighting for survival in a tough, mostly arid environment, sharing habitat with wildlife and often plagued by conflict species such as elephant and carnivores, to name but a few.

AfriCat proposes the development of a Centre of Learning for those Adults and our Youth in the Kunene Region, who wish to improve their knowledge of their environment and wildlife. For this, a portion of land must be purchased in close proximity to communal farmland.

For many years AfriCat has been directly involved with human-wildlife conflict incidents on communal and commercial farmland adjacent to the Etosha National Park and in central Namibia.

The AfriCat Community Support Programme directly supports and uplifts the communal farming communities. Incidents of carnivore-related conflict along the Etosha borders, as well as in some neighbouring communal conservancies and on commercial farmland, are frequent. By improving on their livestock protection methods, both communal and commercial farming communities will lose less livestock and, with continued support from AfriCat and environmental education, these communities will destroy fewer lions. For this, a portion of land must be purchased in close proximity to communal farmland.

About AfriCat North

Cost: approx. N$ 3 500 000.00.

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AfriCat relies on the goodwill of visitors and donors. Every penny counts, and save for statutory audit fees, all of AfriCat UK’s funds are applied to conservation in Namibia. The AfriCat website ( has sponsorship forms to download, which contain various animal adoption options.


Tusk Trust Tusk UK
Tusk Trust,
4 Cheapside House, High Street,
Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4AA

Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005







To make a donation:


Virgin Money Giving:

Pay online with Virgin Money Giving, donations will be routed to AfriCat through TUSK Trust.



Account name: AfriCat UK
Account number: 00767476
Bank: Barclays Bank PLC,
Address: 27 Soho Square, London W1D 3QR, UK.
Sort code: 20-52-69



africat america Account name: AfricatAmerica Inc.
Account number: 59312583
Bank: PNC
Branch: PNC Bank, Metro Center Branch.
Address: Metro Center, 1100 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, Illinois, USA 61614.
Pay Routing: 021052053 (UPIC)


AfriCat America Inc.
Public Charity EIN: 20-3174862

Peter & Wanda Hanssen, 7601 W. Southport Road,
Peoria, Illinois 61615, USA.
Cell: +1 309 453 5556



AfriCat Foundation
Account number: 62245889186
Branch code: 28-06-73
Bank: First National Bank Namibia Ltd. Otjiwarongo Branch, Namibia
Postal Address: P.O. Box 64, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Physical Address: 7 St Georges Street, Otjiwarongo, Namibia



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Susanne und Roland Schäfer

Bergstraße 67
76646 Bruchsal / Germany

Ihre Unterstützung unserer Projekte in Namibia freut uns sehr.
Bitte geben sie im Verwendungszweck Projekt AfriCat oder Projekt UBUNTU an.
Unser Spendenkonto in Deutschland:
UBUNTU-Namibia e.V.


Volksbank Bruchsal-Bretten eG
Konto Nr.: 64750
Bankleitzahl: 663 912 00
IBAN: DE78 6639 1200 0000 0647 50
Um Ihnen eine Spendenbescheinigung zukommen lassen zu können, teilen Sie uns bitte
Ihre Anschrift mit:
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Simone Eckhart 
Business Address: Spinetstraat 76, 
4876 XT Etten-Leur 




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Dr. Diethardt Rodenwoldt

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"I am used to working within a team, and I aim to part-time assist The AfriCat Foundation during 2015/2016. Since August 2015 it has been my responsibility for some of the health and welfare of AfriCat’s longer term residents as well as several of the carnivores in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.

During 2015/2016, I will link-up, be part of and contribute positively to the working activities of an already respected proven functional unit which is Team AfriCat. Together, we would like to achieve the ultimate for wild cats, canines and herbivores in terms of conservation, education, veterinary care and research.

We also plan to contribute not only to the establishment of basic farming principles for a mutual, beneficial co-existence between carnivores and cattle ranching, but simultaneously improve the ecology of the fauna and flora of the Okonjima Nature Reserve over time. I am excited and look forward to a new era of exciting challenges."


Dr Rodenwoldt, together with other veterinaries working with AfriCat, will also be involved with the workings of The Foundation from both a veterinary and a conservation perspective as well as several of the research projects which have been undertaken, helping to guide its work into the most challenging areas of conserving Africa’s large predators in the face of ever-growing competition for the planet’s limited resources.

Read Dr. Diethardt's CV. (PDF)

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Okonjima Nature Reserve

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The 22 000 ha (55 000 acres), Okonjima Nature Reserve:

The 96 kilometre fence surrounding the 22 000 ha Okonjima private, Nature Reserve was finally completed in 2010. This fence has created:

Although hunting is instinctive in carnivores, many of the cheetahs at AFRICAT lack experience due to being orphaned or removed from the wild at an early age. This inexperience, as well as their conditioning to captivity, makes them unsuitable for release. The 200km (20 000ha) NATURE RESERVE | PARK, provides captive cheetahs and other carnivores with the opportunity to hone their hunting skills and become self-sustaining and thereby giving them a chance to return to the wild. The captive cheetahs are fitted with radio-collars prior to their release into the reserve, so that their welfare and progress can be closely monitored.

Rehabilitation gives a captive carnivore a second chance to be released back into the wild and to take the time it needs, to become a completely independent hunter - in a protected area right in the middle of commercial farmland!


Here are the stats:

  • The 4500ha (10 000 acres) OKONJIMA | TUSK TRUST CHEETAH REHABILITATION NATURE RESERVE, was completed towards the end of 1999 and stocked with game by June 2000.
  • Our first cheetahs, 3 orphan sibling males [Huey, Dewey & Louis], who had been with us since they were two months old, were released into the Okonjima Nature Reserve in November 2000.
  • July 2008 saw the release of 3 captive Spotted Hyaena [Rupert, Paddington & Pooh] into the Rehabilitation Park. Two of them were born in captivity. The older male was born in Etosha, and in 1989 sold at a game auction and had been in captivity ever since. In 2002 they were all rescued by The AfriCat Foundation.
  • In May 2002, we introduced 4 new cheetahs into the Park [Eeny, Meeny, Miney & Mo] with the hope that they would achieve the same success, thereby giving them a second chance in the wild where they belong!
  • The next 4 cheetahs that were deprived of the chance to learn hunting as well as life skills from their mother were, Zeus, Apollo, Athena and Artemis. She was shot, leaving them orphaned at the age of six months. Too young to be released on their own, they came into AfriCat’s care in February 2001. They were released into the Okonjima Nature Reserve in 2005.
  • The final 20 000ha perimeter fence was complete in May 2010 and it cost over N$6 million to complete.
  • November 2011 – THE 2 OKONJIMA REHABILITATION RESERVES (4000HA & 16 000HA) - MERGE INTO A 20 000 ha (200km²) PRIVATE, NATURE RESERVE.
  • In 2010, 17 captive Cheetahs and 4 hand-reared Wild Dogs from AfriCat’s Welfare Unit were the first to be released into the 200km ² private, Okonjima Nature Reserve. [ Frankie, Hammer, Bones, Spud, Coco | Tongs | Zen, Zippy & Toby | Charlie & Trish | Cyclops | Twiggy | Abbey, Tintin, Mulder & Scully | Rex, Ruby, Ricky & Raine]
  • In 2012 another 5 cheetahs were released in the Park. [Dizzy, Dash, Ruf, Tumble & Baxter]
  • In 2013 - 6 cheetahs were released into the Park, 1 mother and 5 cubs. [Penta and her 5 cubs]



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Okonjima is responsible for the maintenance of the roads, the fences, the fire-breaks, river-crossings, and the buildings on Okonjima farm, as well as the up-keep of the airstrip used by visiting guests and AfriCat donors.

Okonjima is responsible for the acquisition of all new farmland and game introductions, and also supplies the reserve with water points and bore-holes, as well as the payment of all government land taxes.

Okonjima supplied the entire property with the national power grid and all standby generators.

Okonjima is responsible for the payment of 70% of all staff salaries and 95% of AfriCat’s advertising.

Okonjima is also responsible for the installations and maintenance of all communication systems on the property. (telephones, 2-way-radios, computers) and covers all security on the premises.

Okonjima supplies additional staff during ‘large projects’ and is responsible for the building and maintenance of all staff housing.

These points have been emphasised to create awareness of the result of a successful relationship between a profit-making organisation (Okonjima Lodge) and a not-for-profit foundation (AfriCat). Foundations depend on sponsorship to survive, and for that exact reason – often collapse, for funding runs out.

When an organisastion like Okonjima takes care of all the "nasties" such as salaries, admin costs, advertising etc, - the Foundation can then afford to concentrate on more serious issues such as conservation and the direction the project should take to make a long-term difference, instead of wasting valuable time and money, surviving running costs and inflation.

When a donor sponsors the Foundation, that sponsorship is directly used to improve the life of the cat, and not to buy insurance or pay for the broken fax machine.

Without tourism Okonjima’s support would not be possible and there would be no AfriCat – there would be no story like this to tell.

This message is important for every potential tourist to understand – for without the support of the travel trade, 95% of all 'Non Government Organisations' (NGO’S) all over Africa – would close down.

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Okonjima, Herero for "place of the baboon", is an extensive tract of land nestling amongst the Omboroko Mountains some 50Km south of the small town of Otjiwarongo.

Historically, the surrounding land would have been home to some of Africa’s finest wildlife, today it is farmland. For the last 35 years Okonjima has been in the hands of the Hanssen family. Today, nearly 20 years after Wayne, Donna & Rosalea Hanssen took over a cattle farm from their father, the original farm has grown in size from 6000 hectares to 22 000 hectares, the cattle have gone, grasslands are returning and the wildlife abounds.

In 1989, Uwe Hoth & Tammy Hanssen-Hoth continued with livestock farming, suffering high losses to especially spotted hyena, but aware of the increasing lion conflict along the southern ENP boundary; it was during this time that AfriCat North (then known as The Afri-Leo Foundation) was established, with its mission to finding workable solutions to the lion-farmer conflict.


The key to the Okonjima experience is The AfriCat Foundation, a non- profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. With the cheetah, leopard, wild dog and lion as its flagship, the foundation works alongside the farming community, attempting to help alleviate the livestock losses caused by predators. AfriCat is also home to orphaned, injured and rehabilitated large carnivores.

To observe these magnificent animals in natural surroundings and to witness the rehabilitation efforts to return them to the wild,  Okonjima provides the visitor with the chance to come to know a little more about the story of Africa, its harmonies and its conflicts. The wheel turns full circle as the traveler leaves Okonjima with the knowledge that through his/her visit, he/she has laid yet another stone in the road to recovery for Africa’s carnivores.

The corner stone to success of conservation rests on that old adage "If it pays, it stays". Today in Namibia, a significant amount of the money which visitors spend during their time in the country, finds its way back into the programmes which aid in the conservation of the animals living there.


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