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The AfriCat Lion Guards: Keepers of the Wilderness
These dedicated community members are elected by their Conservancies, essentially carrying the message of Conservation from the highest authorities to the farmer.

German, Jackson, Titus and Kandavii encourage and guide communal farmers to adopt the AfriCat Livestock Protection programme, identify priority villages for kraal-building, patrol fences, monitor & report poaching and other illegal activities.

With approx. 1000 lions left in Namibia, AfriCat’s mission to seek out approaches that support large carnivores to live out their natural lives in Namibia’s wilderness while taking into account the needs of farmers and local communities, is critical if lions are to continue to roam free outside protected areas.

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AfriCat North, based on the Western Borders of Etosha National Park, is the hub of AfriCat’s work with lions. Here the central AfriCat themes of Research, Environmental Education, Community Support and Human-Wildlife Mitigation are in action.

The Lion Research Project in the Hobatere concession area that boarders Etosha National Park has identified a number of individual lions in the area. The GPS collars have provided invaluable data in terms of their home ranges, the number and frequency of their excursions in and out of the park, diet and social movements and can be used to help local farmers and communities know when the lions are in their vicinity. The project has been extended westward with more lions being collared to increase the understanding of lion movements and populations in the area.

Further details and project updates:
AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update June 2015
AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update July 2014
AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update February 2014


Read our latest AfriCat News PDF
AfriCat Newsletter December 2015


AfriCat works with the different 'conservancies' in the area, on a Human Wildlife Mitigation Programme building relationships and offering a range of practical help to the local community farmers.
Research has identified a range of farming practices that can protect both livestock and lions. AfriCat North encourages and supports the communities to adapt their farming practices to 'accommodate' the lions and reduce their livestock losses to lion predation.

This is where the work of the AfriCat Lion Guards comes into its own. These men are elected by their communities and are playing a vital role in mitigating lion-farmer conflict on communal farmland. AfriCat North working with and through the local chiefs agrees a programme of support for the communities which includes help and advice, building or strengthening the kraals, education and community development in return for the communities willingness to stop killing lions.

The AfriCat Lion Guards have been able to use the data from the GPS collars on the research lions to inform specific farmers when the lions are in their area. As community farmers themselves, they understand the pressures and issues facing the communities. Overall there has been a reduction in numbers of livestock lost and lions shot, which must be a win/win situation.

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'Conservation Through Education' is seen as essential if long term sustainability is to be achieved. AfriCat offers school groups from Namibia and abroad, the chance to undertake practical projects such as building kraals and facilities for schools like bathrooms and playgrounds, with the message that there is a way to accommodate both wildlife and people to the benefit of both. There are hunting lodges within the region and while trophy hunting is strictly controlled, the example of 'Cecil' shows what can happen . . .  AfriCat, the Lion Guards and the Human Wildlife Mitigation programme provide a way of reducing the risk of this happening.

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Funds are needed to support these programmes.
For example to: buy GPS collars and other darting expenses, pay the Lion Guards, run the vehicles, buy materials for the kraals, maintain the lion hide at AfriCat HQ, feed the ambassador lions etc. Any funds raised will go direct to AfriCat.


Many of you will be aware of The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project  with the local conservancies along the western border of Etosha. The prime aim of all this work is to help the local communities find ways to live with the lions that share their home. Many of the lions migrate from inside the park, but others have their territories within the community land and that of the Hobatare concession.
See: Human Wildlife Conflict

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The corporate sponsorship which provided key funding has ended abruptly and AfriCat UK  and AfriCat America  are keen to see if anyone in the UK and USA can help plug the funding gap while longer term funding is secured.

The project and work of the Lion Guards has seen a reduction in the farmer’s losses to lion predation and in the numbers of lions shot. The success, all be it slow, has been achieved though collaboration and offering part-time employment to locally elected 'Lion Guards'. These men encourage and support their communities; help with the education process; undertake patrols to check fences; work with the AfriCat team when collaring lions in the area; share the information with their communities on lion locations from the GPS collars and help with the maintenances and strengthening of kraals.

With poaching on the increase and the area in the third year of drought, there is in fact a need for more guards not less.

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Can AfriCat supporters help out?

The sums are not great – (£43) ($65 USD) (N$1000) will cover the costs for a week per lion guard.

This link will take you to our AfriCat Lion Guards fundraising page in the UK where all monies raised will go direct to the lion guards project.


As an alternative to a personal donation you might like to think about running a small 'fundraiser' may be a 'coffee and cake' in work or with friends or asking for donations to AfriCat instead of presents at a celebration like a wedding anniversary or birthday.
We can send you information and may be something to raffle or give as a prize.

Do you know an organization company we could approach for longer term sponsorship?
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Other ways to support this project directly:
AfriCat Donation Payment Gateway
AfriCat Donate on line page
Ways to support AfriCat


The Lion Guards, assisted by a number of volunteers, play a vital role in protecting the Hobatere lions and mitigating lion-farmer conflict on communal farmland. The persistent drought has made for lower tolerance of livestock losses, with conflict mitigation increasingly challenging.

AfriCat’s input:
AfriCat has employed four lion guards since 2011. 4 more Lion Guardians are required along the western Etosha National Park border to protect persecuted populations and encourage change in livestock management and protection, in north western Namibia.
Cost approx.: N$ 32 000.00 per month / N$385 000.00 per annum.


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Lion Guards – 'Keepers of the Wilderness' left to right: Lion Guards German, Titus, Jackson & Kandavii

Mr. German Muzuma & Mr. Titus Turitjo of the Ehirovipuka Conservancy were joined by two additional Lion Guards, Mr. Jackson Kavetu and Mr. Uezekandavii Nguezeeta (Kandavii) during October 2013 and continue to monitor and report on lion whereabouts, encourage and guide farmers to adopt the AfriCat Livestock Protection programme, report incidents, patrol fences with Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET), monitor and report poaching and other illegal activities, identify priority villages for kraal-building and carry the message of Conservation from the highest authorities to the farmer;

Essentially, these four men are assigned to various areas, elected by their communities. German, a Chief-in-waiting, is based in Otjokovare, the 'captial' of the Ehirovipuka Conservancy and co-ordinates the Lion Guard activities. Titus, is based along Etosha’s western boundary, covering an area of approx. 60 km2 on horse-back; he received a new saddle and saddle-blankets in order to make his 'ride' easier and to protect his horse’s back. Jackson hails from the Arisona farming community along the south-western border of Hobatere and Kandavii from the Onguta area, along the western border.

These men play a vital role in protecting the Hobatere lions and mitigating lion-farmer conflict on communal farmland.



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 ( has sponsorship forms to download, which contain various animal adoption options.

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