annual health check at AfriCat

Cheetah and leopard research at Okonjima in Namibia

annual health check

The research that is ongoing into large carnivores, working with scientists, conservation authorities and the farming community in Namibia, has led to two key outcomes:

  1. Long-term conservation of cheetahs and leopards in Namibia.
  2. Namibian eco-tourism.
Research at AfriCat, Okonjima, Namibia

AfriCat, situated within the Okonjima reserve, is at the forefront of research studies into cheetahs and leopards, including:

  • Comparative animal behaviour
  • Management of captive populations
  • Incidence of gastric ulceration
  • Ocular abnormalities
  • Thermoregulation of free-living cheetahs
  • Efficacy of vaccinations
  • Diets

The data and information gathered is recorded and made available for wider research, while giving clearer patterns of cheetah and leopard movement, survival rates, territories, geographical distributions, wild populations and densities.

AfriCat’s programme of Rescue and Release has rescued over 680 cheetahs and over 370 leopards, with 86% being released back into the wild.

Cheetah at AfriCat, Okonjima, Namibia

Leopard, Okonjima, Namibia

This work is only able to continue due to the ongoing support of charitable donations and tourism. In order to see AfriCat and the cheetahs and leopards being rehabilitated and in the wild, you need to stay at the Okonjima reserve.


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