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AfriCat Foundation

The AfriCat Foundation's fundraising page

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

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[p]The AfriCat Foundation began on the Okonjima Farm in Central Namibia in the early 1990's as the family tried to find a way to farm successful without loosing valuable cattle particularly calves to predators notably leopards, hyena and the occasional cheetah. Having undertaken practical research and tested out solutions AfriCat was born. The idea was simple to share the information gained with fellow farmers as the family wanted to find a way for farmers to live 'successfully' alongside the previous occupants of the land. Over the years AfriCat has grown, developed and continued to learn while remaining true to its original mission [i]to contribute to the long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.[/i][/p][p]A range of different 'environmental education' programmes have run and continue to run targeted at different groups, farmers community and commercial, international students, visitors to the lodge and now has an emphasis on the young. AfriCat became the place to go when you had a problem with a leopard or cheetah and led to the rescue of many injured and trapped large carnivores. Since those early days over 1080 of these predators were rescued with 85% being released back into the wild. A success story however as further research and our understanding of the lives of these animals increases these releases have needed to change character with fewer cats living out their lives in the 'carnivore care centre'. AfriCat works with other organizations in Nambia to ensure the cats receive the help they need [/p][p]AfriCat North near Etosha National Park works with local communities supporting rural farmers to adapt their farming techniques to help them reduce their stock losses which in this area include lions. A range of support and expertise is available to those conservancies and communities who agree to work with AfriCat on finding solutions to reduce the numbers of lions shot. AfriCat's central themes of education and research are much in evidence. [/p][p]At Okonjima the creation of an island reserve by introducing a predator proof fence has added new challenges but allowed the opportunity for a major project in 'habitat restoration' and for the release of ex captive cheetah into the park. Rehabilitating cheetah is a challenging, time consuming, costly and often heart-breaking process but AfriCat has demonstrated it can be done and not only with cheetah but with Wild Dogs too. This park provides a wonderful research opportunity. [/p][p]Okonjima provides guests a rare opportunity to radio track the cheetah and leopards, explore the park as well as visit the work of the AfriCat Foundation. Standing feet away from an ex-captive cheetah, living wild, killing a warthog brings with it a range of emotions- a rare but possible encounter. The park has a wide variety of other wildlife to get to know[/p][p]The AfriCat Foundation needs funds for a range of projects from employing locally elected community farmers to act as 'lion guards' working with AfriCat and their communities to secure the future of lions in the area, to meet the costs of supporting a cheetah on its journey back to the wild, to showing Namibian school children how to love and appreciate their native land. More details [url=http://www.africat.org]www.africat.org[/url] [/p][p][url=http://www.tusk.org/][b]TUSK UK[/b][/url][b] & TUSK USA[/b] AfriCat is able to channel its fund-raising efforts through The Tusk Trust's support structure and administrative infrastructure – further, the AfriCat Foundation benefits from Tusk Trust's high profile and its status as a celebrated and respected conservation organisation. The AfriCat Foundation is very grateful to Tusk Trust for their long term support and belief in the project [/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, your donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Dec 2020

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18-Dec-2018

Anonymous

have a peaceful xmas love Lorraine and Alan Brookes

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

17-Oct-2018

Cally b

Thank you, Richard and Zanelle at Okonjima Villa for a magical couple of days stay on12th 13th Sept 2018

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

12-Aug-2018

Bev Arum

Thank you for all of your wonderful work. Hopefully someday it will not be necessary

£20.00

11-Aug-2018

Peter Wrobel

Hi, this is to adopt the cheetah, Bubbles for one year. I trust that this is in order.

23-May-2018

HerrStachelbeere

£30.00

28-Feb-2018

Lori Hunt

£100.00

12-Jan-2018

Anonymous

£1.00 plus £0.25 Gift Aid

25-Dec-2017

Kris

We were lucky enough to visit you in Namibia with Le Calabash a few years ago. Just wanted to give some more to help. Thank you for what you do. Merry Christmas.

£75.00

01-Nov-2017

Julia Sinclair

A beautiful and inspirational place to visit, doing invaluable work to preserve endangered wildlife, and much needed work to support Namibia's future prosperity through Eco Tourism.

£1000.00 plus £250.00 Gift Aid

16-Jul-2017

Anonymous