Cats protected by diamonds foundation
The AfriCat Foundation run several research and education programmes at their operational base, Farm Okonjima about 50 km south of Otjiwarongo.
Last week, the cat conservation foundation received six large wanderer tents from the Debmarine Namdeb Foundation to be used for conducting the AfriCat Environmental Education project.
AfriCat welcomed the Debmarine Namdeb Foundation Executive Manager, Ms. Janita von Wielligh, who handed over the donation of wanderer tents to the AfriCat Foundation at their headquarters at Farm Okonjima, the 22,000 hectare reserve dedicated to the protection of large carnivores.
“Team AfriCat would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Debmarine Namdeb Foundation for considering our proposal for funding and finally deciding to donate to us six wanderer tents for use at the AfriCat Environment Education Centre” said Donna Hanssen, the AfriCat headquarter’s director.
Ms von Wielligh met all the team members, briefing them on what the Debmarine Namdeb Foundation is and how they operate. “We quickly all gathered around her car, to help off load the donation of wanderer tents that we so patiently waited fo, since December 2014 when we first handed in our proposal for funding to the Debmarine Namdeb Foundation” said Hanssen, adding “Patients sure is a virtue.”A tour around the AfriCat Information Centre shows the work done for the Leopard Density Study and the AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project. Caretakers Tammy Hoth and Jenny Noack gave a brief summary of the history of the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre. Ms von Wielligh then met some of the cheetah ambassadors, rehabilitated wild cheetahs who are all in line to be released into the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Volunteer Jonathan Carl, Carnivore Caretaker John Mulyata, and AfriCat Administrator Selma Amadhila, offered additional information to the Debmarine Namdeb Foundation visitors, quoting renowned Senegalese environmentalist, Baba Dioum. “In the end, we conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”