URGENT STATEMENT

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NO HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONTACT!

An increasing number of tourism lodges and volunteer programmes are holding cheetahs, leopards and other wild animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. OKONJIMA supports the conservation of wild animals IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT!

The practice of catching cheetahs in the wild for captivity is causing a drain on the wild population. Revenue earned through showing these captive cheetahs at lodges rarely goes back into conservation practices. THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION has also had to take on a large number of unwanted cheetahs, when lodge owners or farmers decide that they are not worth keeping.

It is OKONJIMA’S long–term aim, to encourage viewing of large carnivores in the wild, rather than in a captive environment. ‘Walking with cheetahs and lions’ – ‘touching and cuddling cubs’ or any direct human–animal contact – are detrimental to this long–term approach of only viewing carnivores in the wild and is not supported or encouraged on Okonjima or at AfriCat.

Guests visiting OKONJIMA will still be visiting THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION and learning about large carnivores in the wild like cheetah, leopard and lion, but in a constructive manner.

OKONJIMA ANIMAL WARNING!

  • Under NO circumstances should animals be fed! (except birds from the room; birdseed is provided at The Villa, Bush Suite & Bush Camp)
  • Open food in the room, citrus and sweets can cause problems with baboons, badgers, mice, etc
  • If baboons are fed or food is readily available, they develop bad habits and will often attack if they don’t get more/find food. Sadly they often have to be put down!
  • OKONJIMA can honestly say that we have had NO problems with baboons or other wild animals, scavenging for food around our lodges. All kitchen ‘left-overs’ are offered to nocturnal animals such as porcupine and honey-badgers at our night hides. These animals are NOT dependent on this food, but see this as an ‘easy meal’. Travellers in Namibia do not often have the opportunity to see nocturnal animals, but guests are under no obligation to join this activity.