Since its inception in the early 90’s, AfriCat’s mission has been to find workable solutions to the ever-present farmer-predator conflict on both free-hold and communal farmland. AfriCat North, our field-base situated along the south-western Etosha National Park boundary, is especially familiar with high livestock losses to lions leaving the confines of the Park and the unabated, retaliatory persecution of these and other carnivores. Lion range extends west, southwest and northwest of Etosha towards the Skeleton Coast with small prides and individuals resident in a number of the communal conservancies of the Kunene Region; here, livestock farmers share habitat with these lions as well as other conflict species such as hyaenas, leopards, cheetahs as well as elephants.
Despite the willingness to 'live with wildlife', communal farmers struggle to survive in this harsh environment and, despite the ever-present threat to their livestock be it predators or theft, few have adopted effective livestock management, leaving their animals to graze unattended during the day and roam free at night – an invitation to predators to grab an 'easy meal'.
The resultant loss of livelihood fuels intolerance and large numbers of lions are trapped, poisoned and shot in a futile attempt to protect their stock. The AfriCat Communal Carnivore Conservation Programme (CCCP) strives to provide these farmers with the tools which will empower them to make a living without endangering the carnivore (lion) population; for the youth, 'Conservation Through Education' is the key to changing mindset, leading to greater understanding and appreciation for Namibia’s wildlife. Ultimately, it’s their heritage and responsibility to protect and conserve.
The communal livestock kraals AfriCat North constructs are, 2.2m high, between 20m & 50m broad and between 50m and 70m long. At times only an 'up-grade' is required. (the original kraal taken down and a larger, higher kraal re-built using all of the original material as well as new mesh-wire that is always sponsored). The 'apron' at the base of the erected fence – which is a section of mesh-wire that is dug into the ground and stabilised with rocks, preventing entry by burrowing predators, completes the kraal.
The fence material is valued at approx. N$ 40 000 to N$70 000 (depending on size).
Completed Livestock Kraals:
Community Kraals –the acacia bush barrier should always extended around the entire outer boundary of the kraal; ideally, these barriers should be between 2 – 5 m broad, discouraging burrowing predators such as spotted hyaena as well as preventing lions from attempting to jump the 2.3m high fence.
The bush effectively keeps predators a safe distance from the kraal fence and blocks visibility from both the outside and from the inside of the kraal. Although these barriers will disintegrate and become less effective after about 18 mths and should be replaced, 'naked' fences will be less effective.
Livestock inside a kraal.
The farmers are in charge of maintaining their kraal and AfriCat North re-visits each kraal sponsored on a regular basis, to ensure that the communal farmers keep to their side of the agreement, to repair and maintain this nocturnal kraal. AfriCat North provides assistance to those farmers only, who agree to ensure that their cattle are kraaled at night.
We have noticed a positive change in attitude and co-operation when a farmer is able to 'safely' kraal his animals at night.
More about What AfriCat’s community progamme involves: In honour of World Lion Day 2014
A Family Affair.
Proud Turitjo Family.
Farmers maintaining Kraals.
The AfriCat 'Conservation Through Education' Programme encourages the youth and farming communities of the Kunene, as well as other Regions, to participate in our environmental education programmes, ultimately establishing a deep-seated awareness of environmental issues, attitude change and commitment to the conservation of wildlife. Based at AfriCat North’s wilderness camp, students from the local and foreign schools, community members as well as farmers are also able to experience firsthand, the essence of wildlife conservation inside of the Etosha National Park. Activities such as viewing of wildlife in its natural habitat , constructing a kraal for a family, interaction with Park Wardens and tourists alike, are of lasting educational value; in this way, the surrounding communities will be convinced of the long-term value of the conservation and protection of wildlife within the Etosha National Park as well as in the adjacent conservancies.
AfriCat North Map
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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