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Leopard - Lewa

lewa cubLewa as a cub.

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Lewa 2012.

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Lewa 2012.

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Lewa 2013.


NAME: Lewa

GENDER: Female

AGE: (2018) 10 years

WEIGHT: (2012) 46Kg (2013) 42Kg (2014) 46.9Kg

ORIGIN: Kamanjab

REASON FOR CAPTIVITY: Cannot be set free for she was hand-raised and has now become too habituated. Tame leopards that are released back into the wild can be very dangerous, for they lose their natural fear of man.


Lewa is one of our leopards at AfriCat's Carnivore Care Centre.

LEWA - MEANS BEAUTIFUL IN SWAHILI. LEWA, was 19 months old when she arrived at the AFRICAT North’s Carnivore Care Centre. Lewa was born by emergency 'Caesarean section', when her mother was shot by trophy hunters on a farm in north-western Namibia. The hunters were admiring their trophy when they noticed her belly moving; this female leopard was close to giving birth when she was killed. The farmer slit open her belly and saved the lives of 2 tiny cubs, one male and one female. The male was raised on another farm, approximately 60 km away. Lewa was taken good care of by the farmer and his wife. She bonded with the family, living in their home and romping in the garden with the other pets. Lewa grew fast and soon, instinctively, she began testing her nocturnal hunting skills. A variety of rodents as well as the farmer’s goats became her prey. As she gained more confidence, Lewa would leave the safety of her home and spend more time in the bush, returning when food was scarce.

When Lewa was approximately 12 months old, she would disappear for extended periods. The farmer and his family feared that she may be shot by the neighbours as she had become a clever hunter and could kill larger mammals such as calves, adult sheep and goats. AfriCat was called for advice: the farmer did not wish her removed, but realised that her life may be threatened if she remained on livestock farms.

AfriCat encourages farmers to tolerate the resident carnivores on their farms as removing them creates a vacuum, inviting newcomers to fill the vacant territories. Lewa was, however, an exception as she had become habituated, i.e. had gotten so used to humans that she had lost the natural fear of and respect for humans. Had we not intervened, Lewa would have been shot, trapped or poisoned for her stock raiding habits.

Lewa arrived at the AfriCat North’s Care Centre in August 2010. She lived in a 4-hectare enclosure and was the first leopard to be housed at AfriCat North. She lived alone as leopards are solitary animals, despite the fact that she spent the first months of her life with a human family.

Her diet includes fresh meat as well as guinea fowl. The decision to close the AfriCat North Lion Sanctuary on Farm Kaross came when the farm was sold at the end of 2012. It was decided that the 4 lions (Kilimanjaro, Shavula, Shenzi & Thimba) and Lewa 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.

06h00, 27th of January: As Kili, Shenzi, and Lewa were safely sleeping off his sedatives, Team AfriCat and supporters celebrated the arrival of the first group from AfriCat North.


Adoption Fee

Adopt Lewa for 1 year: N$ 3,500 / U$ 440 / £ 290 / € 350

Be a sole supporter (adopter) of Lewa 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 Lewa:


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

(available soon)


2. Contact AfriCat via email and state you would like to adopt Lewa 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 Lewa 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 Lewa 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 Lewa 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 Lewa 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 Lewa.

AfriCat America Inc.
Public Charity EIN 35-2541789

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




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