Africa supports and conducts environmental education programmed for all ages and levels of education, provides rehabilitation programs for the animals and conducts wildlife research.
Why Protect The Namibian Lion?
- In April 1996, the lion in Namibia was declared a protected species.
- The most recent estimates indicate a total population estimated at approximately 300 – 350 adults and sub-adults in Namibia.
- Free-living (wild) lions, together with rhino and elephant, are major tourist attractions and therefore are of great economic importance to Namibia.
- The Kunene Region (formerly Damaraland + Kaokoveld), Etosha National Park, Bushmanland and the Caprivi are the only areas where wild lion populations are still to be found.
- The lion is fast losing its habitat due to human encroachment and increased farming activities.
- The importance of lions in a natural ecosystem should be recognized and conservation efforts prioritized.
AfriCat is working hard to strive towards the long term survival of lions and predators in their natural habitat of Namibia. They believe that it is important to help young children and young adults of Namibia gain a new sense of understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation. They conduct large carnivore research, particularly cheetahs, leopards and Brown hyaenas on farmland and use their findings to create awareness and promote tolerance of large carnivores amongst the farming communities. They advise farmers on effective carnivore compatible, farming techniques. AfriCat also maintains a Care Center for carnivores (cheetahs, leopards, lions and African wild dogs) for rehabilitation.