Just Conservation: Carnivores of Etosha: Human vs Wildlife Conflict
This conservation programme in Namibia’s Etosha National Park allows you to participate in a conservation project to survey predator movements and habitat in the park, and help protect farmers’ livestock by building a kraal.
Helping to address issues in the field by working with animals and farmers on a direct impact conservation project, your survey of the lions of Namibia will help locate human-wildlife conflict ‘hot-spots’ and, therefore, locations to construct overnight livestock kraals.
Understand tensions between farmers and carnivores
Human-wildlife conflict incidents can occur regularly on communal and freehold farmland adjacent to the Etosha National Park. The conflict situations arise when lions leave the confines of protected areas and kill livestock.
Despite the importance of predators within ecosystems as well as their economic value for tourism, a large number of lions are killed annually as, historically, farmers have no alternative but to destroy these stock raiders.
The project aims to identify lion movement in community regions, improve their livestock management and educate the local community in conservation and the opportunities for sustainable income through tourism, leading to a better lion management policy.
Assist experts in a survey of the lion population of western Etosha
Supported in-the-field by a team of experts including vets, a cook and rangers, you will assist in a survey of lion on the western side of Etosha National Park, which will capture data that will be added to a larger ongoing project that aims to establish the numbers of lion in the area.
This information will be instrumental in helping researchers design more effective programmes and initiatives, by targeting specific areas along the park borders, and minimising contact where the greatest potential for human-wildlife conflict exists.
During the survey your tasks will include:
Locate the lions using GPS tracking
Make a headcount of all lions encountered
Observe lion behaviour, wellness and condition
Track footprints and compare movements with historical data
Set camera traps to see their night movement
Build a kraal for a rural community's livestock
To help protect the livestock, you will help build an up-graded kraal, designed to hold up to 300 heads of livestock. Your input will help with the target of building four to six kraals per year in a variety of conservancies as part of the livestock management.
The kraals take anything between three and five days to construct and involve many hands; staff from our partner organisiation, farmers and their families all work as a team alongside you to achieve an important objective with the long lasting benefits of protecting livestock from predators, and therefore predators from farmers.
Group size: 10
When to go: May-Oct
Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
Included in the price/package:
A significant part of your contribution is donated to the local conservation organisation to purchase quality materials to construct kraals.
Accommodation: Combination: Lodge and bushcamp
Tammy and her husband Uwe, established the Afri-Leo Foundation (1997) on their farm bordering the Etosha National Park. Due to the ever-increasing demand for environmental education and human-wildlife conflict mitigation, Afri-Leo merged with AfriCat (2010); the Afri-Leo programme continues and is now known as AfriCat North. These Education, Community support and Research projects are managed by Tammy and her very capable team.
"Why does man destroy that which he does not understand? When we destroy in ignorance, we reap the unexpected . . . It is only through education, that the men, women and children of Africa will come to understand that we must learn to live within our wilderness and not without."
Etosha is considered to be one of the finest sanctuaries in southern Africa. It is famous for its vast, dazzling saltpan with permanent waterholes, which attract a multitude of wildlife particularly during the dry winter. The neighbouring Ongava Private Game Reserve offers the attraction of tracking rhino on foot.
Where: Oshikoto & Oshana Region
Ideal for viewing: black rhino, black-faced impala, damara dik-dik, African elephant, lion
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Just Conservation
Situated in the huge Okonjima Nature Reserve, the AfriCat Foundation is a key conservation project, researching and rehabilitating hyenas, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs. There is a good choice of accommodation, and unlimited opportunities to see carnivores in their natural environment on vehicle or walking safaris.
Where: Otjozondjupa Region
Ideal for viewing: cheetah, Hartlaub’s francolin, leopard, Monteiro’s hornbill, rockrunner
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris
Home to the AfriCat Foundation, one of the world’s largest cheetah and leopard rescue programmes, the design of this camp is a tribute to the history of cattle-farming in Okonjima. The complex offers three levels of accommodation, and there is a traditional thatched area for dining.