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The AfriCat Foundation welcomes financial donations to support our various research projects. Donations support the purchase of research equipment, veterinary costs, staff salaries, vehicle maintenance and research permit. We appreciate general donations that allow us to assign funding where it is most needed at the time and to facilitate long-term planning and the sustainability of AfriCat’s projects.
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The AfriCat Foundation was established in 1993 to contribute to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s wildlife. Recognising that enclosed, protected areas for wildlife contribute to conservation by offering a solution for habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, AfriCat is assessing ways that such areas can contribute to wildlife conservation.
AfriCat’s research is focusing on (i) predators, as they are most at risk of human-wildlife conflict, (ii) endangered species such as rhinos and pangolin that are vulnerable and require safe havens where they aren’t at risk of being killed by people, and (iii) rare species such as serval, caracal, aardwolf and aardvark that we know little about.
We are taking advantage of our proximity and access to the wildlife in the 220 square kilometre Okonjima Nature Reserve to better understand the survival, home range, genetic diversity, reproductive patterns, and feeding behaviors of key species in the Reserve and their interactions with each other and their environment. AfriCat has one of the longest running leopard monitoring projects in Namibia and in 2023 we enrolled our first third generation research leopard. The AfriCat Pangolin Research Project is one of only a handful of projects studying free-ranging
pangolin and being in a protected area, we are able to focus on non-anthropogenic (human-related) threats to pangolin; a lesser studied area than anthropogenic threats. The brown hyena research programme has re-started; we are aiming to better understand the social behavior of this normally shy and historically heavily persecuted scavenger, including its interactions with the leopards of the Okonjima Reserve.
A key question is whether the genetic diversity of the brown hyena population is being compromised as a result of being in an enclosed reserve. In preparation for starting to study lesser-known species, we are currently conducting an abundance assessment. The Okonjima Nature Reserve, as with many other former cattle farms, suffers from bush encroachment.
Through a collaboration with the University of Namibia, we are starting a programme to assess the impact of various methodologies of bush thinning on indicators such as vegetation cover and type, soil quality and carbon content and small mammal and invertebrate density.
Finally, the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre is home to a small number of carnivores that were the victims of Human Wildlife Conflict. These animals are ambassadors for their species, helping AfriCat raise awareness about Human Wildlife Conflict and the conservation needs of these threatened species.
The AfriCat Foundation is dependent upon financial support to maintain our various research projects. Donations support the purchase of equipment, veterinary costs, staff salaries, vehicles and the care of the welfare carnivores. We appreciate general donations that allow us to assign funding where it is most needed at the time and to facilitate long-term planning and the sustainability of AfriCat’s projects
DONATIONS CAN BE MADE IN A VARIETY OF WAYS!
Please click on the Donation Form button below to find a way that best suits you.
If making a bank transfer to any of the AfriCat organizations please email the respective organization to advise of your donation
so that we can thank you.