Latest AfriCat Statistics
OKONJIMA HOME OF THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION
1/07/1993 - 31/01/2013
OVER 1080 CATS SINCE 1993!
Okonjima Nature Reserve - Home of AfriCat
Conservation Through Education - Researching Carnivores & Rehabilitating Captive Cheetah, Wild Dog & Hyaena
Total cats rescued = 1080
Cheetahs = 690
Leopards = 378
Lion = 12
Total cats released/rehabilitated = 929
Cheetahs = 563
Leopards = 363
Lion = 3
% Cats released
Cheetahs Released = 81.59%
Leopards Released = 96.03%
Lions Released = 25%
Total % cats released = 86.02%
Total died / euthanased = 6.57%
Total % cats kept at AfriCat = 7.41%
AfriCat is able to continue the work it does thanks to the ongoing support of the TRAVEL INDUSTRY and LOYAL SUPPORTERS.
RESCUE & RELEASE:
AfriCat and other registered carnivore NGO’s (Non Governmental Organisations) like AfriCat, CCF & N/a’ an ku sê, have unfortunately become the dumping ground for carnivores accused of killing livestock. We have ‘saved’ their lives, but ‘removed’ them from their territories, thereby failing in our primary objective, which we had set out to achieve back in 1992…. not to remove the predators from their home ranges.
AfriCat has rescued and saved the lives of more than a thousand animals from farmland, of which 85% have been released back onto commercial farmland but this time into new territories, belonging to others!
In their new ‘territories’ they need to either fight for their new home or run the ‘gauntlet’ of the farmers’ traps and guns, back to their former territory.
We are therefore uncertain as to how many of the released carnivores survive this re-location beyond one year!
When funds are available, carnivores will be released back onto farm-land ONLY when we can link this release to a research project including a group of neighbouring farms, hereby creating a larger ‘SAFE’ area for the newly released carnivores; a researcher will be based in this area and the released individuals will be collared. This will enable Foundations to monitor their post-release movements and adaptability.
In this way, we will be able to establish the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of their Rescue & Release, Rehabilitation and Relocation Programmes.