On a recent journey to
Namibia/Africa CLaRF has visited AfriCat,
a non-profit wild cat organization since 1992. They rescue and relocate
wild cats, mostly cheetahs and leopards. In addition, they also
maintain a large DNA, tissue and blood data bank. Because AfriCat is
located in a rural area there is only limited electricity available for
freeze storing all the samples. CLaRF has offered to make inquiries to
suppliers and later donate a specially designed cryogenic storage
Wildlife Refuge, Texas
AfriCat has an environmental education center to
educate Namibian youth about predators. The AfriCat Foundation has been
working together with farmers to protect predators, mostly cheetahs and
leopards. However, the need for youth education has proven to be vital
to conserve predators in the long term. Cat Life and Research
Foundation has offered to help with an environmental enrichment
program. There are several cats who can not be released in the wild
again due to injuries or close proximity to humans. The cats live in
very spacious enclosures with a lot of bushes and trees to hide and
play in. But, of course, it would be an interesting study for both the
children and the cats alike to add some special scents or toys to their
Lise, President of Africat, with Newton, Einstein...
...and Galileo. Three cheetah cubs who have been rescued by Africat
after their mother died in a fire.
Seeing all those big cats in the wild was absolutely breathtaking! See Africa 2001
for more photos.
student from the Serengeti Cheetah Project gave a very
informative talk about the cheetahs living there. The Serengeti Cheetah
Project is a long-term study about the behavior, biology, evolution and
environment of the Serengeti Cheetahs. It is in connection with the
Frankfurt Zoological Society in Germany. There are programs for the
other big cats as well. We did see a radio collared lioness. These
study groups have their own semi permanent camps set up in the
Serengeti. They maintain an extensive photo library to keep track of
all the cats. Tourists are asked to donate their photos. After all,
visitors travel around a lot and see quite a lot of cats. Cat Life and
Research Foundation sent them all the (cheetah-) pictures we had taken
with date and locations.
Besides our visit
to Africat we spent an afternoon at the DeWildt
Cheetah Center in South Africa. They are the largest cheetah breeding
facility in the world and have a wonderful park. We took a very
interesting tour of the grounds there and learned some interesting new
things about cheetahs.
Cat Life and Research Foundation gave a grant to Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in
We visited the refuge in July 2001 for the first time and decided right
then and there to give Tiger Creek a donation. Brian Werner, the
executive director, already had purchased the material for the
enclosures. It was just a question of paying someone to help build the
The photos we received a few months later show the tigers having fun!
Bettina Krone with 8-week old Tigercub.
Remember the "Mozart Kittens"? CLaRF helped transport them to their new
home last year.
Yes, that is water: Florida Panthers love to swim - they live in swampy
They are doing beautifully and have grown a lot.
Cat Life and Research
Foundation has been
granted the non profit status 501(c)3 in the United States. Therefore,
donations are tax-deductible.
There is also a line of
commercial products available - all with the Cat Life and Research
Logo! We offer mugs, pens and notepads. Our featured items this year
are Cat Life Pins and key rings with our logo. All proceeds from sales
go toward CLaRF.
The word is out: In May 2001 Cat Life and Research Foundation sent out
an extensive press kit to magazines and (big)cat organizations -
nationally and internationally. Tiger Creek - who received a grant this
year - heard from us through this mailing!
Cat Life and Research Foundation has contact with other cat
organizations as well. This year the president shall travel to Germany
to establish more contacts. CLaRF might give a grant to a research
project about wild cats in Germany.
There is a big cat sanctuary in the South of Florida. They contacted us
after they received our press kit - so far we haven't visited them. So
a visit is on our to-do list for this year as well.
So far, Cat Life and
has not given a grant to Africat. If this doesn't happen this year,
then it will in 2003. We are staying in contact with Lise, the
president, through email on a regular basis.
To all friends of Cat Life
Foundation a big THANK YOU for your interest and your help. May the
coming year be a good one for all of us.
There might be a another large stack of paperwork around the corner:
CLaRF needs to set up the by-laws in the States.
Depending on our contacts this year, CLaRF will be busy maintaining
contacts and establishing new ones. As is our policy, not to give out
grants before we haven't visited the sanctuary/organization.
Cat Life Foundation
P.O. Box 16126
Tallahassee, FL 32317-6126
Phone: (850) 491-1300
Web Site: www.catlifefoundation.org