Funding a GPS Satellite collar which will monitor the whereabouts of an African Lion and it's pride as they move in and around Etosha National Park.
Etosha National Park is a 22,000 km square area of protected land which is home to some of Africa’s most iconic predators. There are also local communities living in and around this area, and sadly it isn’t uncommon for human and animal conflict to occur. The local people heavily rely on cattle and other livestock for a living, and farmers will often target predators in the belief that the killing of predators will minimise the chances of their animals being caught.
African Lions are prominent in the area - in Namibia the population is slowly rising. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for other African countries. Due to poaching, trophy hunting, persecution and habitat loss the total African Lion population has dropped by nearly 48% in the last two decades, and they are now considered vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN. They are the second largest member of the big cat family and perhaps the most instantly recognisable of all the African animals.
By providing the funds to purchase a GPS collar for the second year running, Blair Drummond will enable AfriCat to monitor the whereabouts of a selected pride of Lions as they move around Etosha National Park and the surrounding area. The GPS collars also provide an early warning system for local farmers when lions and other predators are in surrounding areas, allowing them to herd their livestock in to ‘kraals’ (large pens), where they are safe from predation. AfriCat also aims to educate the locals, with each community nominating a ‘Lion Guard’. These Lion Guards then liaise with local farmers regarding the protection of livestock, mitigating the loss of any animals and providing solutions to problems faced by farmers in this region. Lion Guards play a pivotal role for AfriCat, acting as representatives for carnivore conservation within each community.
Currently, very little is known about the transboundary movements of Namibian lions and other predators, and it is hoped that by monitoring their locations AfriCat can help to minimise the human – predator conflict.
Where your money goes
Etosha National Park, Namibia
I first worked with big cats in 2014 - lions and tigers are my particular favourites! Initially, not only was I awestruck by the animals I was working alongside, I was shocked by the challenges mankind creates for their wild cousins. I support AfriCat as the work they do protects lions in Namibia from persecution and unnecessary killings, and hopes to safeguard one of the world’s most iconic animals.