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Lion - Shavula

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Shavula 2012

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shavula and thimba 2013

Shavula and Thimba 2013


Shavula 2013


Shavula 2013

NAME: Shavula


AGE: (2018) 11 years

WEIGHT: (2013) 169Kg (2014) 185Kg (2015) 181.2Kg (2016) 180.1Kg

ORIGIN: Northern Namibia, bordering Etosha National Park.



REASON FOR CAPTIVITY: Captive reared, habituated and now too old for release.


Shavula is one of our lions at AfriCat's Carnivore Care Centre.

SHAVULA means rain in Swahili, and was born in the wild, but his mother was killed. He was approximately 6 months old when he was caught in a cage trap on a cattle farm, along the borders of the Etosha National Park. SHAVULA’S mother was poisoned when she left the Etosha National Park in search of easy prey on a neighbouring farm.

SHAVULA was trapped by a farmer who felt compassion for this cub. The farm-owners called AfriCat North and on 10 November 2007, SHAVULA was transported to the Foundation’s Lion Sanctuary. He had a few injuries due to the cage-trap, but was in a good condition.

SHAVULA was brought to AfriCat with 3 siblings, (Thimba, Shani - meaning 'adventurous' and Sarana, meaning 'beautiful'). In February 2009, the 4 siblings were introduced to a younger male cub, who was also found on farmland adjacent to the Etosha, called Shenzi. This pride of 5 young lions lived in 50 hectares of African savannah. Sadly both Shani and Sarana died in 2011. We suspect Shani contracted anthrax and Sarana indirectly died of snake-bite that effected her heart stopped during an annual health-check?

The Etosha Park boundary fences are porous and when lions leave this protected area to prey on livestock, angry farmers destroy them, unknowingly leaving cubs to fend for themselves. In most cases, the cubs do not survive. Large numbers of lions are destroyed on surrounding farmland annually. AFRICAT advises farmers on how to improve their livestock protection methods, thereby reducing losses to predators.

Then the decision to close the AfriCat North Lion Sanctuary on Farm Kaross came when the farm was sold at the end of 2012. AfriCat North’s new base is close-by and with the ever-increasing pressures to find workable solutions to the farmer-predator conflict, to escalate our lion research and monitoring programmes as well as to continue with our Environmental Education outreach in Namibia’s communal conservancies, it was decided that our 4 lions (Kilimanjaro, Shavula, Shenzi & Thimba) would join the other 'ambassadors' at the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.

On the 26th of January 2013 and as the intense heat gradually subsided close to sunset, the mammoth task of preparing the 4 lions and one leopard for their long trip to their new home at AfriCat HQ, began. Once Shenzi was sedated, we moved our team closer to the boys, Shavula & Thimba. At this point, with no natural light and the fact that spotlights would have created extreme stress, we abandoned the plan to immobilise the brothers that night; we could have attempted their immobilisation but we did not wish to risk their safety and health.

27 January - Sleep for the Team was short-lived as a quick decision was made, once Kilimanjaro and Shenzi were safely delivered to AfriCat HQ that the final trip with Shavula & Thimba will commence the same day. After a brief breakfast, we were back on the road to AfriCat North, arriving at 16h00; by 18h00, with coffee-to-go (all in need of caffeine!) & sandwiches, we set out to find Shavula & Thimba. Needless to say, with plenty of daylight as well as a welcome shower of rain, Dr Jago successfully immobilised the brothers and we were ready for our return trip by 20h00. With only two pick-ups, each carrying one lion, we made good time, arriving at AfriCat HQ by 01h00am. The brothers have settled in well and will join the other carnivore ambassadors @ AfriCat’s Care Centre – teaching children about the lion and reminding them that we need to fight for the survival of our African King.


Adoption Fee

Adopt Shavula for 1 year: N$ 5,000 / U$ 620 / £ 410 / € 500

Be a sole supporter (adopter) of Shavula for one year: N$ 12,000 /
U$ 1,500 / £ 900 / € 1,200

The adoption fee covers the cost of food and basic veterinary care.


Ways you can adopt Shavula:


1. Adopt Shavula through our online Shop, pay via credit card or paypal.

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2. Contact AfriCat via email and state you would like to adopt Shavula and make your donation via PayPal to



3. UK taxpayers can donate via Tusk Trust. tusk trust Download a Tusk donation / adoption form:



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

Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005


4. Contact AfriCat via email and state you would like to adopt Shavula and make your donation via Virgin Money Giving, donations will be routed to AfriCat through TUSK Trust.



5. Contact AfriCat via email and state you would like to adopt Shavula and make your donation through AfriCat's 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 namibia 6. Contact AfriCat via email and state you would like to adopt Shavula and make your donation through AfriCat's Namibian Bank.

Details for all national and international swift transactions:
AfriCat Foundation
Account number: 62245889186
Branch code:
First National Bank Namibia Ltd. Otjiwarongo Branch, Namibia
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 64, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Physical Address:
7 St Georges Street, Otjiwarongo, Namibia




ubuntu namibia

7. Contact AfriCat via email and state you would like to adopt Shavula and make your donation through UBUNTU - Namibia e.V.


UBUNTU – 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
Um Ihnen eine Spendenbescheinigung zukommen lassen zu können, teilen Sie uns bitte
Ihre Anschrift mit:
Name, Vorname

Mobil: 0049 173 3026774




africat america 8.  Contact AfriCat America by email and state you would like to adopt Shavula.

AfriCat America Inc.
Public Charity EIN 35-2541789

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





spots logo9.  Contact SPOTS and state you would like to adopt Shavula.

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


Simone Eckhart
Business Address: Spinetstraat 76,
4876 XT Etten-Leur




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