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Leap for Lions

3 team members

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Target £0.00

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Team story

[p][b]Leap for Lions[/b][/p][p]Jack and Janet 'leapt' out of the plane on Saturday the 22nd June near Stonehenge to complete the tandem parachute jump for the Lions. We are were both a bit nervous but excited and exhilarated once back on the ground! I can tell you it did take a few hours to fully return to earth.... Having got back Jack was keen to go again - which was wonderful given his fear of heights! [/p][p][img]https://www.africat.co.uk/images/uploads/news_homepage/leap_for_lions_2019.jpg[/img][/p][p] Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. To see the pictures go to www.africat.co.uk. Did you know that lions are killed not only by ‘trophy’ hunting but also by poison, traps, snares or shot for killing livestock? Are there more or less lions than black and white rhinos left running wild in Africa? The answer might surprise you. There are in fact fewer lions than rhino - under 25,000. The AfriCat ‘Protect a Pride’ Project in Namibia works hard to reduce the numbers of lions killed along the western borders of Etosha National Park. Its ‘Conservation through Education’ approach employs local farmers to act as ‘lion guards’. They help other farmers adapt their farming practices to reduce the likelihood of the lions killing livestock. The project has a range of solutions like the use of kraals that work. If the local chief and his community agree to stop killing lions in their area they are offered support from AfriCat. The goal of which is to increase prosperity for these subsistence farmers. For example AfriCat has, at the request of the community, built a school. [/p][p][img]https://www.africat.co.uk/images/uploads/lions/lions.jpg[/img][/p][p]The money raised will go towards things like putting a GPS collar on a lion so it can be tracked; paying the local lion guards; building kraals where livestock can be kept safe at night, when lions traditional hunt; and running the ‘early warning alert system’ for local farmers. The GPS collars enables AfriCat to know where the lions are, so if they move out of the relative ‘safe’ areas and close to a farm the Lion Guards are alerted. They go to the area to see what is happening and can use non lethal methods like thunder flashes to ‘chase’ the lions back to ‘safer’ areas. Since the project has started the number of lions killed has gone down. Janet and Jack want to help the lions like Black Nose and the territorial male Sores to live out their natural lives and for lions to continue to prosper in Namibia aslong side the local people. This video explains how the project is mitigating human wildlife conflict.[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/298146128/" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p][b]Jack [/b]says I have a huge passion for conservation and having spent time in Namibia in relatively close proximity to these lions, I saw first-hand how amazing they are. Even though I have a burdening fear of heights, I jumped at this opportunity to make a real difference by helping these animals. I am very excited by the thought of helping the world of conservation, and providing crucial funds to the protection of threatened wildlife.[/p][p][b]Janet[/b] says having done a tandem jump before for AfriCat I am both nervous and excited about the prospect of doing another one; it was a very special experience. Having been privileged enough to spend time with the wonderful lions of Namibia, watching them at close quarters, feeling their power and listening to them roar. I get goose bumps just thinking about looking into their eyes and want to do all I can to enable the lions stay living wild and free. This picture is of my last jump just before we went up![/p][p][img][/img][/p][p]The pictures below are the AfriCat Lion Guards, collaring, the lioness called black nose, a local farmer's kraal, a lion caught in a trap and one of AfriCat's ambassadors lions [/p][p]Your sponsorship will be much appreciated. Any queries please email info-uk@africat.org[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

23 Jun 2019



Jul 21, 2019


Well done the both of you - sorry this is so late.


Jun 27, 2019

Elizabeth Tarris

Well done Jack


Jun 25, 2019

Sissel Ashton

Godt gjort

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2019

Pauline Facy

What a wonderful achievement, absolutely inspirational! Many, many congratulations! I'll certainly be raising a glass or two to celebrate your success!

Jun 24, 2019



Jun 24, 2019

Diana Bingle

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 23, 2019

Charlotte Shipton

Well done to both of you

Jun 23, 2019

Diana and Nigel

Well leapt!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2019

Hazel Wright

We were lucky enough to spend some time at Africat and the Okonjima Nature Reserve in 2017. It was a fantastic experience

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2019


It is so important to continue this work. I am impressed by the lion guardians. I hope you have an amazing jump at the weekend.

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