01.11.2013 / Desert Lion Guardian Project (IN PROGRESS)
Recently a pride of 11 lions (one male, 2 females and 8 cubs) moved into the Huab Valley area near Twyfelfontein in Damaraland. Ultimate Safaris takes guests to this area on many of their safaris and believes the prospect of seeing desert adapted lions adds yet another unique experience to a visit to Namibia. This area has not had resident lions for as long as any of the local community members can remember so the recent arrival of this pride is really very special. However, this area also has a number of pastoralist communities living in it, and they are not trained or equipped to deal with the threat of wild lions. Funds are needed to assist with the prevention of “Human – Wildlife conflict” by implementing the ‘Lion Guardian’ concept. These will be individuals who will monitor lion movements and as result be able to warn farmer of their whereabouts as well as safari operators such as ourselves. Funds required for this range between NAD 25 000 – NAD 100 000 (USD 3 000 – 12 500) depending on the project aspect as it includes the building of lion proof kraal, telemetry equipment as well VHF radios.