AfriCat turns 21!

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Okonjima, AfriCat, Namibia

From rescue and release to rehabilitation, research, conservation through education and community support!

How time flies. AfriCat has reached 21 years and has come a long way in those 21 years.


For the past 21 years, AfriCat has been a toddler and a teen – stumbled, fallen and righted itself knowing that its parents, the HANSSEN family, were there to guide it to adulthood and beyond. As ‘parents’, we have, at times, worried and pondered about AfriCat’s future as a credible conservation organization, having shifted from small beginnings as a farming family trying to find solutions to predator conflict on a small cattle farm in central Namibia, sharing our success story with others, which included using our research data and common sense to find ways to ‘live with predators’, then becoming a safe-haven to a number of persecuted cheetah, leopard, caracal, spotted and brown hyaena as well as to lion…

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