Report from Namibia’s Carnivore Conservation Research

Carnivore Conservation Research brings to light a true tragedy and reminder of why we need to share these stories and raise funds for conservation groups.

The tragic loss of a young female cheetah caught in a snare trap: (click the link for photos)

On the morning of Sunday 12th June 2011 Marlice van Vuuren received a telephone call reporting a leopard caught in a snare near Brakwater, north of Windhoek, Namibia.

A team, including Marlice and her husband Dr Rudie van Vuuren, was immediately dispatched to attend the scene, assess the condition & welfare of the animal and, if necessary, bring it back to the sanctuary for further examination and/or recuperation.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that it was not a leopard, but a young female cheetah no more than about 2 years old. She had tried to pass under the bottom wire of the fence and become trapped in a snare which had encircled her waist, just in front of her hips. So tightly was she entangled that her inevitable struggles resulted in her back being broken in the lumbar region of the spine. The injuries caused by the snare, in conjunction with the stress, shock and dehydration she would undoubtedly have suffered, resulted in her death long before the team from N/a’an ku sê arrived.

The scene was photographed from all angles to properly document the incident. The young cheetah was then cut free from the snare and brought to N/a’an ku sê where it will be examined by researchers to further the scientific knowledge about this extraordinary cat.

N/a’an ku sê :
Marlice van Vuuren, one of Namibia’s most well known conservationist, together with her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren and their pharmacist friend Chris Heunis started N/a’an ku sê Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary in 2007. N/a’an ku sê is committed to playing a key role in conservation and the protection of the Namibian wildlife, land and people.

Our vision is an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together

Our mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and
rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat

The sanctuary accommodates mostly orphaned and injured animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Several additional projects are also taking place including our Carnivore Conservation Research Project, our Bushman School and the Lifeline Clinic at Epukiro.

Through each of our project, N/a’an ku sê provides an important source of employment and accommodation to several Bushmen families. One of our key aims is to improve the lives of these historic tribes people through education, healthcare and improved living conditions and we currently employ over 20 Bushmen families.

By visiting our unique lodge, taking part in a carnivore feeding tour or volunteering at one of our projects, you can help to make our vision a reality. All profits from our activities go directly to benefit our work with wildlife conservation, our Lifeline Clinic in Epukiro and the people from the Bushman community we employ.

We are solely reliant on generous donations from our volunteers, guests and supporters to continue our vital work to protect the animals and people who simply cannot survive alone. Find out how you can get involved.

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