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Tusk Trust

The AfriCat Foundation is now working actively with Tusk Trust to raise funds in the UK. Tusk has supported AfriCat for many years and provided key funding for veterinary costs and capital projects. Both the purchase of a plane for transport and tracking of animals and the materials and construction of the fence for the 4,000ha Cheetah Rehabilitation enclosure was funded by Tusk.

Tusk has been working for over 20 years to support conservation across sub-Saharan Africa. They offer us expertise in a broad range of fundraising activities and participation in the many events they run during the year. You can learn more about their work at www.tusk.org.

two cheetahs near the boundary fencecheetah face

 

 

Donations

To make a donation to AfriCat through Tusk, send a cheque made out to ‘Tusk Trust’, with a covering note that states that;
The donation 'is for the benefit of Africat, Namibia'.

Please send cheques to;
Tusk Trust

4, Cheapside House,
High Street, Gillingham,
Dorset. SP8 4AA
U.K.

 

Tusk UK contact details:
Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005
Fax: +44 (0) 1747 831 006
Email:  info@tusk.org    adel@tusk.org

 

Tusk USA contact details:
Tusk USA Inc.
525 East 89th Street
Courtyard Office
New York, NY 10128

Tel: (888) 873-0903 toll free
Email:  tuskusa@tusk.org
Tusk USA Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organisations. Donations to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. EIN 30-0190986
http://www.tusk.org/

 

Some of the items sponsored by Tusk at AfriCat:

tusk donations sept 2009
High-pressure water gun to clean-out cheetah crates.
tusk quad bike
Quadbike for AfriCat staff to save on fuel costs.
tusk donation
Maul aircraft for carnivore research: tracking and monitoring rehabilitated carnivores.
tusk donations sept 2009
Digital scale.
environmental education teaching
Environmental Education Teacher's salary.
tusk africat clinic
TUSK supports our Conservation Through Education program.
tusk dart gun
Sponsored dart-gun.
tusk fence cosponsor
Perimeter fence partly sponsored for captive carnivore rehabilitation.
tusk name entrance gates
Perimeter fence partly sponsored for captive carnivore rehabilitation.

"Why does man destroy that which he does not understand? When we destroy in ignorance, we reap the unexpected . . .  It is only through education, that the men, women and children of Africa will come to understand that we must learn to live within our wilderness and not without.

AfriCat would like to thank TUSK for their continued support and their commitment to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores."

Tammy Hoth-Hanssen, Director AfriCat.

 

The land, the drama, the splendour – all of it comes together in the northwest of Namibia known today as the Kunene region. It has to be one of the most poignant places remaining on the planet, combining both wide open planes and vast towering mountains on which life at its most real, its most raw, plays out the truth of what is and what has to be. For the most fortunate of us it is possible, on rare occasions, to witness the majesty of one of the most elegant of creatures as she careers at dramatic speeds across this semi-desert , harsh land in pursuit of life. For here, in the most unlikely of places, the cheetah exists right at the very limit of her evolutionary-adapted range.

Namibia is home to the world’s largest remaining population of free-living cheetah, as they stretch from the dry Kunene in the north west to the equally dry south of the country, while at the same time taking in the more fertile central regions of the country. It is here in the vast and varied lands of Namibia that the Africat Foundation has found a home and a purpose. And, just as the cheetah has adapted to meet the demands of living in such diverse ecosystems, so too has the Foundation adapted and evolved to meet the needs of the predators she serves.

Today, the work of The AfriCat Foundation includes programmes ranging from Environmental Education to the Communal Carnivore Conservation programme, and from the Namibian Wild Dog Project to the Hobatere Lion Project. These are all crucial activities which aim to address much needed areas of conservation in the communities of Namibia. However, it is not possible for the Foundation to tackle these projects without the essential and highly-valued support of the Foundation’s partners. Over the years financial assistance has been provided from many quarters, but one of the most loyal and longest-standing partners, has been the TUSK Trust.

 

TUSK was one of the AfriCat’s earliest supporters, whose assistance has included providing finance for an array of the Foundation’s projects including co-sponsoring the first electrified perimeter fence, which kicked started the Cheetah Rehabilitation Project in 1999. TUSK was the first group outside of Okonjima that believed in the Foundation’s vision that an 'orphaned' cheetah might be able to learn how to hunt through trial and error, and then with support and time hone the necessary skills to ultimately become independent. This programme began with an original 4500 hectares, an area which has subsequently been extended to around 20,000 hectares (200km²).

TUSK'S next project with AfriCat involved the purchase and operation of a Maule fixed-wing aircraft to track, relocated and rehabilitated collared carnivores, as well as to support the Rescue and Release project through the collection of carnivores from locations greater than 200 kms away.

Over the years, TUSK has also been instrumental in the donation of a number of very significant pieces of equipment to the Foundation, including a pressure pump for the cleaning of facilities and carnivore crates, a quadbike to transport staff and researchers, and a dart gun for veterinary purposes as well as to support the rescue, translocation and release work.

In 2012, TUSK once again reached into her pockets to provide a salary for a teacher for AfriCat’s Environmental Education Centre. This centre is proving to be an enormous success exposing young people from all walks of life to some of the major environmental and conservation challenges facing their generation, as well as suggesting some innovative and truly problem-solving solutions.

 

The next few years ahead for Africat are going to be exciting ones. With the recent combining of the AfriCat work in the north of Namibia with that of the centrally-based Okonjima farm, on- the- ground field community conservation is being combined with research into predator health, large carnivores as game ranch animals for both land management and tourism purposes, and species specific projects such as the Mangetti Wild Dog programme. Dynamic relationships with, amongst others, the University and Zoological Gardens of Pretoria are providing sound scientific footings for the organisations future research direction. A full time in-house veterinary surgeon has recently joined AfriCat’s staff , and he will be providing both animal care to the resident carnivore population as well as taking a lead in both field and clinic based projects. Additionally, AfriCat’s excellent Environmental Education programme is set to expand so that it can increase the number of learners who pass through her doors.

The challenges to predator conservation in Africa are large indeed, for as human populations continue to grow the land left over for wildlife shrinks almost daily. Namibia is not immune from this phenomenon and the conflict between humans and wildlife requires continuous managing. The country is being highly creative in attempting, wherever possible, to give wildlife a value, and to ensure that the rural Namibian who bears the cost of predators taking his livestock will, at the same time, reap some of the benefits through tourism and the like.

The work of the AfriCat Foundation naturally requires considerable funds, something which is not easy to find in today’s cash-strapped world. However, the Foundation and the world – class tourism destination known as Okonjima are joined as one at the hip. This truly remarkable model benefits both parties, providing a strong backbone for both which is able to flex its muscles in a symbiotic and exponential fashion. Notwithstanding this, the Foundation’s other partners are crucial to AfriCat’s success.

TUSK WE THANK YOU!

 

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