African Cat Appeal was launched in May, 2013, to branch out to our domestic cat’s cousins. Africa’s three great cats, the lion, leopard and cheetah are in crisis, with their numbers dropping rapidly. Something must be done before they are gone all together, and so this appeal was born.
Our first big cat partner N/a’an ku se Wildlife Foundation is based in Namibia, Africa, where they operate a wildlife sanctuary that is home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, caracals, servals, wildcats and many many more animals in need that have come to the sanctuary as orphans, unwanted wild pets, problem animals, or injured animals. Those that are able, are released back into the wild, and those that aren’t get to live their lives in huge enclosures in a natural African environment.
N/a’an ku se is conducting valuable work in order to save Africa’s wild cats from extinction. The funds we supply to them go to the purchase of radio collars for big cats that have been released into the wild.
In July 2014 we funded our first GPS tracking collar that was fitted to a wild leopard. The leopard, N082 (later named 'Ollie' after one of our founder's cats), had been trapped by a farmer who was trying to catch spotted hyena who he believed had been attacking his livestock. Thanks to the GPS collar, the farmer agreed to release the leopard, and he now receives regular updates to his whereabouts. Tracking collars are vital to the survival of Africa's big cats in highly populated areas.
In 2015 we expanded our partnerships and held our first real life fundraiser, a screening of the classic 60s film Born Free, in support of the White Lion Protection Trust in South Africa. We had another screening in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film, and we also held a fun big cat themed yoga fundraiser, both in support of wild lions for Wildlife ACT in Botswana. Stay tuned for more awesome partnerships!