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Ongoing collaboration with scientists and the conservation authorities and working closely with the farming community allows for studies to be conducted that provide valuable information on large carnivores and their long-term conservation in Namibia.

AfriCat has been involved in a number of studies involving the cheetahs at AfriCat, as well as the cheetahs and leopards captured on farmland.

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Studies Involving the Cheetahs at AfriCat

The annual health examinations of the cheetahs at AfriCat give invited specialist veterinarians the opportunity to conduct research a various aspects of animal health, particularly those relating to the health of large carnivores in captivity. As well as providing expert information on the health of AfriCat’s animals, the examinations also allow for the comparison of results with similar studies being conducted on large carnivores in other captive facilities. Some of this information can also be used to gain insight into the health of large carnivores in the wild.

 

AfriCat HQ Carnivore Clinic @ Okonjima

 

 

AfriCat’s Work with Cheetahs and Leopards on Farmland

The data that is collected from each animal that moves through the AfriCat programme is recorded in a database that allows for easy access to information either on a particular cat or when providing statistics on these carnivores to researchers around the world.

The data from the captured cheetahs and leopards, i.e. where each animal was captured, its characteristics, such as gender, age, etc., gives us some idea as to the geographical distribution and demographics of the wild cheetah and leopard populations living on Namibian farmland

The biological samples (blood, serum and hair) can be used for various studies with analysis results potentially giving us insight into the health, as well as the genetic make-up of Namibia’s wild cheetah and leopard populations.

In order to measure the long-term success of the Rescue and Release Programme, AfriCat will be conducting a research project to monitor some of the cheetahs and leopards after their release to establish their movements and survival rates. This will assist us in determining to what extent they are returning to their original territories, establishing new territories and how long they survive; therefore effectively contributing to the growth of the wild populations of their species. This study is due to start in the next couple of months.

AfriCat is participating in a study looking at the population density of leopards in Namibia. The study is being conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Large Carnivore Management Forum (LCMAN). LCMAN is a forum made up of government and non-government organisations involved in the conservation of large carnivores in Namibia.

 

AfriCat North – Lion Research and Monitoring Programmes

AfriCat North (then Afri-Leo) assisted with the Etosha Lion Project which was conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism within Etosha. The first monitoring project (which commenced in 2001) was aimed at monitoring cross-border lion movement and lion mortalities, assessing the potential disease threat to lions from outside of the Park and helping reduce and mitigate the farmer-lion conflict.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, AfriCat North assisted with a Farmer-Predator Survey, including approximately 40 commercial farms along the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park.

AfriCat North will be participating in the Etosha Boundary Lion Project which is due to start this year. This study will look at lion trans-boundary movements along the borders of the Park.

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AfriCat Projects 2013|2014|2015:

NAMIBIA WILD DOG PROJECT:
A collaboration between Namibia Nature Foundation, N/a’an ku sê and The AfriCat Foundation.
The African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of Africa’s most threatened large predators, and currently listed as 'Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (last assessed in 2008), with a free-range stock estimated at between 600-1000 packs (Lindsey & Davies-Mostert 2009; Woodroffe et al. 2004). Resident African wild dog populations occur in just 12% of their historical range within Southern Africa. However, 30-40% of the region is lacking reliable status and distribution data (IUCN/SSC 2007).
See: The Namibia Wild Dog Project

 

THE AFRICAT HOBATERE LION PROJECT
Conducting a study of the Lion (Panthera leo) population within the Hobatere Concession Area and movements between the Hobatere Concession Area, western Etosha National Park and adjacent communal farmland.
See: The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Project

 

THE AFRICAT PREDATOR POPULATION DENSITY STUDY IN THE OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE
The assessment of leopard (Panthera pardus) density and population size via a capture – recapture framework in an island bound conservation area in Namibia.
See: The AfriCat Predator Population Density Study

 

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