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Sponsor The AfriCat Mobile Veterinary Field-Clinic

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Understanding Human-Wildlife Conflict and finding solutions:

This 4x4 truck, will have to have long-range fuel tanks, water containers, heavy-duty springs and tyres, solar panels and extra power-supply for fridges to keep the medication cool, etc.
AfriCat’s field projects are expanding to include communal support and will be modified to allow basic surgical procedures in the field, like taking a plastic bag out of the stomach of a cow so that the poor farmer does not have to take his cow to town.
Cost approx.: Vehicle N$ 950 000.00.

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A Mobile Field Clinic

Through our personal experience as farmers and understanding of the livestock farmers’ struggle against predators, especially the lion and spotted hyaena, we have identified the need for on-going community support in the form of improved livestock protection as well as health care (eg. eye infections, injury caused by predators, etc) and animal husbandry, domestic dog and cat sterilisation and vaccination programmes (large numbers of domestic dogs are infected with Canine Distemper, transmitting to wild carnivore populations, esp the Endangered African Wild Dog; domestic cats breed with the African Wild Cat).

This vehicle will be modified to allow for basic surgical procedures in the field and should be fitted with long-range fuel tanks, water containers, heavy-duty springs and tyres, extra power supply, solar panels, refrigeration, etc.

Apart from community support, this field clinic will be equipped to deal with emergency wildlife cases such as removing snares, vaccinating certain plains game species against infectious disease (i.e. rabies) as well as assist the research teams with immobilisation, collaring and select relocation.

Approximate Costings for the AfriCat Foundation Mobile Field Clinic

Operational costs:

Motor vehicle 4x4 modified into a designated, mobile clinic. -  N$ 550 000.00

Custom made canopy with lifted roof - N$ 200 000.00

Additional vehicle costs (incl. spare wheels, 2nd battery, tool kit insurance etc. - N$ 40 000.00

General equipment for large and small animals (instrumentation, sterilizer, burdizzo, embryotome, fridge/freezer etc) - N$ 250 000.00

Total operational costs - N$ 1 040 000.00

Additional costs:

Sonar machine - N$ 120 000.00

Battery charged solar panel - N$ 2 000.00

Ejaculator - N$ 8 000.00

Total additional costs - N$ 130 000.00

TOTAL COSTS AFRICAT MOBILE FIELD CLINIC N$ 1 170 000.00

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The vet will have to sleep in the field and the terraine is very very rugged! Because this is the work we do in the field . . . 

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He will also have to help sick cattle, donkies, dogs and horses . . . 
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DONATIONS:

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 (www.africat.org) has sponsorship forms to download, which contain various animal adoption options.

SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:

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

Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005
Email:
info@tusk.org

 

DOWNLOAD A TUSK OR AFRICAT DONATION |ADOPTION FORM:

http://www.africat.org/downloads/adoption-forms

 

DONATE ON LINE:

http://www.africat.org/support/donate-online

 

PayPal:

To make a donation: africat@africat.org

 

Virgin Money Giving:

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

 

AFRICAT UNITED KINGDOM BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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 BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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
Email: pete@africatamerica.org

 

AFRICAT NAMIBIAN BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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

 

SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN GERMANY:

ubuntu namibiaUBUNTU – Namibia e.V.
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
BIC: GENODE61BTT
Um Ihnen eine Spendenbescheinigung zukommen lassen zu können, teilen Sie uns bitte
Ihre Anschrift mit:
Name, Vorname

 

SUPPORTING AFRICAT - SPOTS

spots logoRegistration Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel)  
20114314 NGO with anbi recognization. 
fiscal nr: 813081919.

Simone Eckhart 
Business Address: Spinetstraat 76, 
4876 XT Etten-Leur 
Email: info@stichtingspots.nl
www.stichtingspots.nl

 

CONTACT US ON THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.africat.org/contact

 

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Motion Detection Cameras (Trail Cameras) / GPS Satellite and VHF Collars

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YOU CAN SUPPORT AFRICAT BY SPONSORING THE FOLLOWING:

  • Gyrocopter MTO Sport. (Burning 15-20 litres per hour) Running cost N$ 600 per hour tracking rehabilitated cheetahs and used for anti-poaching.
  • Unleaded 95 Fuel (Diesel & Petrol – Approximately N$ 11.10 per litre)
  • Radio-Collars (VHF – Rehabilitation within Reserve) (Satellite/GPS – Relocation/Release on Farmland) (Cellphone – Relocation/Release on Farmland)
  • Camera Traps (Digital)
  • Batteries (for Camera Traps) (Duracell D-Cell)
  • GPS (Handheld) (Garmin GPSmap 60)

Information about the RADIO-COLLARS AfriCat uses:

Collar Life Spans

TELONICS:
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MOD-500 Standard power - 5 years plus 40 days.
MOD-500 High power - provide 3 years plus 72 days.
MOD-400 Standard power - 2 years plus 119 days
MOD-400 High - 1 year plus 159 days
MOD-335 Standard power - 1 year plus 160 days
MOD-335 High power - 322 days


Prices:

QTY DESCRIPTION U.S. Dollars U.S. Dollars
2 MOD-335 VHF Instrumentation.
High Power, 60 BPM and continuously transmitting.
$305.00 $610.00
2 MOD-400 VHF Instrumentation.
High Power, 60 BPM and continuously transmitting.
$279.00 $558.00
2 MOD-500 VHF Instrumentation.
High Power, 60 BPM and continuously transmitting.
$279.00 $558.00
1 Freight Charge Emotrans to Windhoek Airport   $850.00
  TOTAL   $2576.00

 

AWT:
C Cell (30BPM) - 1.6 yrs
C Cell (60BPM) - 8 months
D Cell (30BPM) - 2 yrs
D Cell (60BPM) - 1 yr

 

SIRTRACK:

V5C 176 V5C 273 V5C 373
40ppm – 3.4 yrs 40ppm – 4.8 yrs 40ppm – 7.3 yrs
50ppm – 2.8 yrs 50ppm – 3.9 yrs 50ppm – 5.9 yrs
60ppm – 2.3 yrs 60ppm – 3.3 yrs 60ppm – 5 yrs

 

SIRTRACK COLLARS

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Recommended collar requirements:
Leopard | Hyena V5C 176
Cheetah V5C 176
Lion V5C 373

 

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V5C 173 Range
Information sheet (PDF)

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V5C 273 Range Information sheet (PDF)

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V5C 176 Range
Information sheet
(PDF)

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V5C 373 Range Information sheet (PDF)


Over the years AfriCat has tried many different collars, with different life spans, ranges etc etc. Strangely enough we still haven’t found the perfect Collar?!

AfriCat currently uses 4 types of radio-collars.

1. Telonics Collars
2. AWT Collars ( SA Based company)
3. Sirtrack ( Available at Global Supplies in SA)
4. Vectronic Aerospace GPS collar

 

1. The Telonics collars are the most powerful ones with 'range' but 'lifespan' is decreased and their collar-strap material is not favorable. (weak stitching) The antenna is internal and this causes a problem if you want to cut it to fit a thinner neck perfectly, as you will cut through the antenna. The other collars do not have this problem as their antenna doesn’t extend as far in the belting as the Telonics collars do. (On order: You need to know the exact diameter of your cats neck to get perfect fit) We currently use these on our spotted Hyenas and on large, adult leopards, as the max length of the collar is used - no cutting required.

MOD-500 Standard power would conservatively provide 5 years plus 40 days.
MOD-500 High power would conservatively provide 3 years plus 72 days.
MOD-400 Standard power would conservatively provide 2 years plus 119 days
MOD-400 High power would conservatively provide 1 year plus 159 days
MOD-335 Standard power would conservatively provide 1 year plus 160 days
MOD-335 High power would conservatively provide 322 days

 

2. The AWT Collars have the best belting, although it is an un-attractive orange colour. We have used dies to change the colour and make it look acceptable, yet the lifespan of the battery is not favourable at all when using it on 60 beats per minute (BPM). You get them in a D Cell and a C Cell battery.

 

3. SIRTRACK VHF COLLARS RANGE FROM BETWEEN ZAR 3 450 to ZAR 4 250 EX SHIPPING

 

Our standard request for new collars are the following:

Active pulse rate: 60 BPM ( makes tracking much easier than 30BPM, BUT you loose on battery life)
Mortality pulse rate: 120 BPM
Mortality delay time: 4 hours
Collar adjustment range: 370cm-570cm (allows us to use it on a cheetah, wild dog, hyena or leopard, whatever is longer we cut off)
Collar width: 25mm ( not to wide and is hidden well on the cat)

NB: We do not recommend using specific time settings. e.g 6hrs ON & 6hrs OFF. People do this to save battery life, but we have had  un favourable experiences, where the programmed times has caused the timing to change automatically resulting in that we lose the cats during tracking hours or if they escape and need to be found urgently, we can not track them.

Read More: Radio-Collars and Research verses Tourism and Photographers.

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GPS (Satellite) COLLARS FOR LIONS

The Project: 
AfriCat North Research Project: Trans-boundary movements along the boundaries of the Etosha National Park (hereafter ENP) and in adjacent conservancies.     

The frequency of lions crossing the ENP boundary and the formation of independent populations outside of the park are not known. This study will monitor trans-boundary lion movement to determine how the conflict between lions and the farmers along these boundaries could be minimised. 

Objectives:
This Project will be coordinated by the AfriCat / Okorusu Communal Carnivore Conservation Project Units (CCCP). Individuals found outside of ENP boundaries will be collared using GPS collars. The movement of these lions will be monitored and data will be used to locate weaknesses in the fence. The pride dynamics along the Etosha boundary will also be studied.

Details: (courtesy Africa Wildlife Tracking)
These Satellite collars have a built-in VHF transmitter, which work with the Iridium satellites and gives near-real-time data.
The unit gets a current GPS position and transmits that point up to the satellite system.
The Iridium satellite constellation consists of 66 satellites that orbit the earth over the poles in 6 equidistant orbits, each orbit containing 11 satellites.

Location Based Alerts: Geo fence areas can be defined for specific tracking devices. Alerts can be triggered when a specific tracking device enters and/or leaves the defined areas. Alerts can be delivered via SMS or email. This feature, which will enable the CCCP to improve the monitoring of lion movement in relation to villages and livestock kraals, is another advantage of near-real-time data up-linking. 

Total cost per GPS Collar + Service Fee, landed in Namibia: N$ 25 000.00 

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TYPES OF COLLAR AND PRICING:

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Pinnacle Range Iridium Pre-Set Data Schedules
and Collar Life Estimates.

Overview

  • Sirtrack Pinnacle GPS Iridium Collars are designed to be simple to use and set up.
  • For simplicity and ease of use pre-set data schedules (or configurations) have been determined which can have sensors (temperature and activity) enabled or disabled (location only).
  • Pre-set data schedule allows simple estimation of collar life and data costs.
  • Collar life and data cost will be affected by alerts received from and commands sent to the collar.


Pinnacle Range Iridium Data Pricing

Iridium Data charges are managed through an Iridium Value Added Reseller (VAR).

Sirtrack has chosen Xeos Technologies Limited (www.xeostech.com) as their preferred VAR.

Customers have the option to choose:

  • their own VAR,
  • work Direct with Xeos Technologies,
  • or pre-purchase data from Sirtrack.

Sirtrack offer two types of data plans for users of Pinnacle GPS Iridium Collars

SIRTRACK IRIDIUM SATELLITE COLLARS RANGE FROM BETWEEN ZAR 35 000 to ZAR 43 000 EX SHIPPING DEPENDING ON CONFIGURATION

 

GPS Plus Collar

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The GPS PLUS Collar series has been designed to give scientists the most flexible solution and reliable technology for all kinds of wildlife studies. Make the best of your study by measuring GPS positions, fine scale temperature and high resolution activity information.

One of the most important features is the flexible wireless data communication in both directions, offering communication on demand via VHf or UHF or regular communication windows via GSM or Iridium. This way you can change GPS and VHF beacon schedules when your research schedule changes, even while the collar is on the animal. GPS data can also be downloaded using Globalstar or ARGOS. GPS PLUS collars also offer Virtual Fence and Proximity Sensor options, giving you even more insights into the animals life and allowing you to change GPS schedules automatically whenever high scale information really counts.

 

gps plus collarsMultiple Communication Options

  • UHF 2-Way Communication for data download and reprogramming
  • VHF 2-Way Communication for data download and reprogramming
  • GSM 2-Way Communication for GPS data download and reprogramming
  • Iridium 2-Way Communication for GPS data download and reprogramming
  • Globalstar 1-Way Communication for GPS data download
  • Argos 1-Way Communication for GPS data download

Multiple Sensor Options

  • GPS Position
  • 3-axes Activity Sensor (acceleration)
  • Temperature
  • Mortality
  • Hibernation
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Virtual Fence

Additional Options

  • VHF Beacon Transmitter
  • Timer-controlled Drop-Off
  • Radio-and-timer-controlled Drop-Off
  • Coloured Belt

 

Product technical spec sheets:
Lion , Hyena - PINNACLE GPS IRIDIUM COLLARS
Cheetah , Wild Dog , Leopard - PINNACLE LITE GPS IRIDIUM COLLARS

 

Read more:
1. GPS Plus Collar Overview (PDF)
2. GPS Plus 2010 Collar (PDF)
3. GPS Plus Software and Data Manager (PDF)

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Motion Detection Cameras (Trail Cameras) / GPS Satellite & VHF Collars:

To effectively gather data, both visual (trail cameras) and location, movement, etc. (collars), the various projects require approx. 20 cameras.

Read more:
The AfriCat Predator Population Density Study in The Okonjima Nature Reserve.
The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project.
The Namibia African Wild Dog Project.

Cost approx.: N$8 000.00 per camera | Collars: Lion GPS / Satellite $28 000.00 – N$ 30 000.00 each | Cheetah & Leopard VHF collars approx.: N$3 500.00 each.

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DONATIONS:

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 (www.africat.org) has sponsorship forms to download, which contain various animal adoption options.

SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:

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

Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005
Email:
info@tusk.org

 

DOWNLOAD A TUSK OR AFRICAT DONATION |ADOPTION FORM:

http://www.africat.org/downloads/adoption-forms

 

DONATE ON LINE:

http://www.africat.org/support/donate-online

 

PayPal:

To make a donation: africat@africat.org

 

Virgin Money Giving:

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

 

AFRICAT UNITED KINGDOM BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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 BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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
Email: pete@africatamerica.org

 

AFRICAT NAMIBIAN BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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

 

SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN GERMANY:

ubuntu namibiaUBUNTU – Namibia e.V.
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
BIC: GENODE61BTT
Um Ihnen eine Spendenbescheinigung zukommen lassen zu können, teilen Sie uns bitte
Ihre Anschrift mit:
Name, Vorname

 

SUPPORTING AFRICAT - SPOTS

spots logoRegistration Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel)  
20114314 NGO with anbi recognization. 
fiscal nr: 813081919.

Simone Eckhart 
Business Address: Spinetstraat 76, 
4876 XT Etten-Leur 
Email: info@stichtingspots.nl
www.stichtingspots.nl

 

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CONTACT US ON THIS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.africat.org/contact

 

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Sponsor a Community School called Onguta

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ONGUTA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Onguta Village, Ehirovipuka Conservancy, Kunene Region, north-west Namibia.
The AfriCat Communal Carnivore Conservation Programme (CCCP) AND AfriCat Community Support Programme.

 

Introduction:
The AfriCat CCCP is committed to empowering farming communities in carnivore-conflict zones, to better manage and protect their livestock, ultimately mitigating conflict and reducing carnivore persecution.
Through Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Environmental Education Programmes, AfriCat has contributed to uplifting communal farming communities since 1997. Needs are identified and thanks to dedicated donors, 17 nocturnal kraals have been built to date and a larger number upgraded as well as improvements to rural schools in the !Khoa di //Hoas and Ehirovipuka Conservancies.

One such school in the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, the Onguta Primary School, which offers a pre-school class (ages 5-6 yrs), and grades 1-3 to approx. 50 students, comprises three tents as classrooms, sand floors and a metal trunk for storage; extreme heat and dust makes for less than ideal learning conditions!
Yet, the three teachers and community are dedicated and keen to educate their children as best possible. The traditional leader, Headman Fanuel Ndjiwa, is a conservationist, a visionary and an exemplary leader: his aim is to offer schooling to 150 children from pre-school age (5-6 years) to grade 3 (lower primary), is committed to the AfriCat Livestock Protection Programme (LPP) and is instrumental in minimising the persecution of large carnivores in his area of jurisdiction.

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AfriCat’s mission is to further support this pro-active community by developing a formal school, including classrooms, store-rooms, ablutions (showers and toilets), a kitchen / dining area, a communal gathering place, teacher’s accommodation and eventually, a boarding hostel.

The site for the school has been allocated by the Headman and his community; a school playground was built by AfriCat in April 2015, materials donated by farmers and businesses (old tyres and metal poles), the painting and hard labour undertaken by 18 students of the Private School Swakopmund.

The Onguta Primary School is linked to a government school based in Opuwo, a small town in Namibia’s northwest.

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Project Description:
The development of the Onguta Primary School could be undertaken in 3 phases:
Phase 1: 4 classrooms (pre-school + grades 1-3), 2 store-rooms (2 classrooms sharing one store-room), 4 toilets and 4 showers, battery room for a basic solar system, which has been donated), 2 x 5 000 Litre water tanks, metal stand;
Phase 2: Staff room and office, kitchen and dining area (one room for kitchen with open-sided, roofed dining area), communal gathering place or school 'hall' (a barn-like, roofed area with walls up to approx. 1.5m in height, gauze wire to the roof);
Phase 3: Staff accommodation and Boarding school (this phase still to be considered: water availability for 150 children, etc.)

Phase 1 should be undertaken as soon as possible in order to create a better learning environment.

The community has pledged to make bricks, which could begin as soon as funding has been sourced for phase 1.
A Namibian Architect, who designs eco-friendly projects, would be approached to design the school in its entirety; local builders will be sourced to take on this project, under AfriCat’s supervision.

Estimated Budget:
Phase 1: approx. N$ 1 000 000.00 (one million Namibian Dollars)
Estimated GBP 48 - 50 000.00 (@ 1:21).

Conclusion:
Due to the dire need for improved learning conditions and standard of education for the children of Onguta Village, we cordially request support for this venture.
Sincere thanks.

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Sponsor the AfriCat Environmental Educator

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WHY WE NEED AN SECOND EDUCATOR:

The interest in, and the popularity of, our programme has grown considerably since its humble beginnings in 1998, significantly at the more influential schools.

Additionally, AfriCat’s excellent Environmental Education programme is set to expand, so that it can increase the number of learners who pass through its doors. A second educator will greatly assist the present head teacher with the additional school groups on site as well as expand on our outreach programmes across the country.

 

THE AIMS OF THE AFRICAT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME:

- To continuously develop, propagate and improve Environmental Education programmes for the benefit of Namibians, in the pursuit of increasing awareness and understanding of the complexity of environmental issues, to teach and encourage sustainable living practices, to promote greater tolerance of carnivores outside of protected areas and to find practical solutions to the farmer-predator conflict issues.

- To develop the knowledge, skills and action-competence of learners and their communities, enabling them to participate in the conservation of their areas, leading to the sustainable management of carnivore populations in Namibia.

- Through increased education and awareness, AfriCat is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wild and free-ranging carnivore populations in Namibia, ultimately ensuring the survival of the species.

- To develop and support specific community initiatives, programmes, and projects, which are targeted to sustainably contribute to economic enhancement of households, with the consequent gradual, but steady impact of poverty alleviation and skill augmentation.

 

The AfriCat Environmental Education programme is an enabler within the broader Namibian education system. Catering to a wide spectrum of ages and socio-economic backgrounds, AfriCat’s vision is to harness the rapt attention which learners embody when they visit AfriCat’s two centres into a deep-seated awareness of ALL environmental issues and, specifically in the Namibian context, those involving the vexed juxtaposition between farming communities and the country’s large carnivores. AfriCat strives to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, thereby: keeping carnivores in their natural habitat and creating economic value for communities in doing so, preventing the exploitation and inhumane treatment of carnivores, ensure that captive populations are well cared for, advance high value alternative animal husbandry methods, and develop additional agronomy skills.

AfriCat further believes that increased and active participation in environmental initiatives by a broad cross section of Namibia’s learners (age, sex, and race, socio-economic, geographic) will contribute to establish a sound knowledge and awareness base for future policy-making and sustainability.

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EVIDENCE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AFRICAT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME:
Within the Namibian government and NGO communities, there is a growing recognition of the importance of environmental education and sustainable development, and the role these play in the degradation of the country’s natural heritage. Whilst this was the main topic at the Namibia Environmental Education Network Conference which AfriCat’s educators attended recently, there is a lack of structured environmental education within the formal curriculum in most Namibian schools as well as the effective and practical teaching of this subject. Apart from the need to evangelize the broad tenants of environmental education, there is a specific and practical requirement for the upgrading of the old, traditional methods and conventional wisdoms of both agriculture and livestock farming in all sectors of the country’s farming communities. AfriCat has identified the need for environmental education centers in the Otjozondjupa (Central Namibia) and Kunene (North-Western Namibia) regions, despite the existence of two official state EE Centers in Namibia, which have been neglected and rendered inactive.

The programme has already reached over 25, 000 children and young adults at AfriCat’s two Education Centres and through its Outreach Programmes. After many years of working with the farming community it became clear that youth education was vital to the long-term conservation of large carnivores. We have discovered that for many Namibian children and adults, the AfriCat Environmental Education Programme is their first camping and outdoor educational experience. Few have had the opportunity to visit wildlife reserves, observe antelope and wild large carnivores, and to experience the natural wonder of their own country. Neither have they been introduced to the vocational opportunities which tourism visitation, hand-in-glove with conservation, offers. AfriCat has advocated environmental education since 1998 and acutely recognizes the urgent need to offer as many learners, of all ages, exposure to the enormous challenges facing Namibia’s increasingly fragile natural heritage, and offering constructive solutions and an alternative path to the present one taken.

 

HOW THE PROJECT WILL OPERATE TO MEET IT’S AIMS AND GOALS:
After many years of working with farming communities it became evident that environmental education was vital to the long-term conservation of large carnivores, Namibia’s most endangered fauna. The main aim of the programme remains to develop and improve environmental education for the benefit of Namibians in an attempt to increase awareness and understanding of the complexities of environmental issues, promote greater tolerance of large carnivores outside of protected areas, and to find practical solutions to the human-wildlife conflict situation. The programme endeavors to develop the knowledge and skills of learners and their communities, enabling them to participate in the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife populations in Namibia. The programme is aimed at pupils (ten years and older), tertiary students, and adults from the farming and teaching communities. They visit the Centres for 2 to 5 days in small groups (ideally no larger than 15–20), granting each learner the opportunity to play an active role in the programme. It was evident that 2/3 days is insufficient to fully imbue the EE programmes curriculum, and so from October 2013 a full 4-5day programme is now on offer. This will also facilitate bigger groups (average number in a class is 40 and above).

 

The AfriCat Environmental Education Mon - Fri Programme for schools, clubs, teachers and students.
The AfriCat Environmental Education EE Programme 2013
The AfriCat Environmental Education EE Programme 2014
The AfriCat Environmental Education EE Programme 2015

 

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WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE INVOLVED:
The programme takes the students on a variety of walks in the "bush" (day, night, sunrise, sunset), game drives with lots of questions and explanations, cheetah-tracking on foot for the older groups, numerous enviro-games, visits to the AfriCat Information Centre, time close-up with AfriCat’s amazing 'feline' teachers (ambassadors), as well as the very important practical involvement in whatever project is available.

AfriCat emphasizes fun, enjoyment and experience as a route to harnessing interest and appreciation and, consequently, positive conservation action. The programmes aim is to open hearts and minds: we identify keen, motivated, and talented individuals within each group who are then invited back for a follow-up camp, so as to "keep the fires burning" and engender further passion. In this way, AfriCat will be in a better position to mentor and support future community leaders with, surely, a passion for, and understanding of, conservation.

 

THE REQUEST:
The AfriCat Foundation is dependent on support to maintain our various programmes. AFRICAT is familiar with the predator problems on communal and free-hold farmland along the western, northern and southern boundaries of the Etosha National Park and on farmland in central Namibia. In order to establish the effectiveness of relocating these trans-boundary carnivores, as well as the long-term sustainability of conflict mitigation practices – focusing on research as well as educating young Namibian farmers has become our focus.

Truly great projects need great sponsorship! AfriCat’s Environmental Education programme is popular amongst schools nationwide and requires a second Educator’s Salary and accommodation close to the Environmental Education Centre.

AfriCat’s input:
Salary for one teacher has been sourced and accommodation provided.
See: The AfriCat Environmental Education Programme. 
Costs: Educator’s Salary N$25 000.00 per month / N$ 300 000.00 per annum.

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AfriCat Research and Community Support Field Vehicles

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Through our personal experience as farmers and our understanding of the communal livestock farmers’ struggle against predators, especially the lion and spotted hyaena, AfriCat has identified the need for education and improved livestock management and protection methods on both communal and free-hold (commercial) farmland.

Predator migration, outdated livestock farming methods, droughts and struggling traditional lifestyles result in the ever-present farmer-predator conflict throughout central Namibia and along the borders of the Etosha National Park, as well as in a number of communal conservancies in our so-called wilderness areas; high stock losses result in the retaliatory persecution of large numbers of carnivores.

AfriCat Carnivore research, community support and the livestock protection programme supports both the free-hold and communal farmers by assisting with the up-grading of old and construction of new livestock kraals and re-instating traditional herdsmen, as well as providing much-needed advice on improved livestock and pasture management.
Team AfriCat guides the kraal programme, monitors stock kraals on a regular basis and is on stand-by for lion-related conflict in such communal farming areas.

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Vast areas in the Kunene Region have not received sufficient rains (2014+2015), some farmland still barren and strewn with livestock carcasses. Unfortunately, many farmers did not heed the warnings of the pending drought early 2013, some have lost most of their cattle and horses, keeping larger herds than the meagre grazing and water supply can support.

During the past year, AfriCat visited a number of communities farming alongside Etosha and Hobatere, testing our mitigation programmes; it soon became clear that drought creates a whole new set of challenges . . . the worse the drought conditions the less attention is given to livestock, they are left to their own devices, roaming far from home base, often into wildlife protection zones, where they will more than likely become prey to lions, leopard and hyaena. Many farmers lack the knowledge and far-sightedness to adopt new methods and are unaware of their losses due to lack of sound management practices, challenging AfriCat to find new ways to convince these communal farmers otherwise.

Under such extreme conditions, Conservancy committees are powerless in convincing their members to herd and protect their livestock; AfriCat’s Lion Guardians and field officers travel from one village to another on a regular basis, discussing options in the hope that outdated farming practices be replaced with a more commercial approach.

Our request . . .

Field Vehicles, 4x4 pick-ups fitted with extra long-range fuel tanks, water containers, heavy-duty springs and tyres.
Solvay sponsored 2 vehicles, but AfriCat is in dire need for sponsorship to cover all fuel costs, vehicle insurance and service cover.

2 more 'Field Vehicles' are required to operate along the western Etosha National Park border and on commercial Namibian farmland, to protect persecuted populations and encourage change in livestock-management and protection, in north western and central Namibia.

AfriCat Projects: AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project

AfriCat Community Support

Fuel Cost approx. per month. | Field Vehicle purchase approx. N$650 000.00 – N$ 900 000.00 per vehicle

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DONATIONS:

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 (www.africat.org) has sponsorship forms to download, which contain various animal adoption options.

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Then shop as normal! Its as easy as that!
More information about AmazonSmile can be found here:
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SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:

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

Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005
Email:
info@tusk.org

 

DOWNLOAD A TUSK OR AFRICAT DONATION |ADOPTION FORM:

http://www.africat.org/downloads/adoption-forms

 

DONATE ON LINE:

http://www.africat.org/support/donate-online

 

PayPal:

To make a donation: africat@africat.org

 

Virgin Money Giving:

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

 

AFRICAT UNITED KINGDOM BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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 BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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
Email: pete@africatamerica.org

 

AFRICAT NAMIBIAN BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

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

 

SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN GERMANY:

ubuntu namibiaUBUNTU – Namibia e.V.
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
BIC: GENODE61BTT
Um Ihnen eine Spendenbescheinigung zukommen lassen zu können, teilen Sie uns bitte
Ihre Anschrift mit:
Name, Vorname

 

SUPPORTING AFRICAT - SPOTS

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20114314 NGO with anbi recognization. 
fiscal nr: 813081919.

Simone Eckhart 
Business Address: Spinetstraat 76, 
4876 XT Etten-Leur 
Email: info@stichtingspots.nl
www.stichtingspots.nl

 

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