Report 2001


Journey to Africat/Namibia
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 container.

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 habitats.

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.

A doctoral 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.



Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, Texas

Cat Life and Research Foundation gave a grant to Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Tyler, Texas.

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 exercise pens.


The photos we received a few months later show the tigers having fun!


Bettina Krone with 8-week old Tigercub.
Update

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 areas.


They are doing beautifully and have grown a lot.
Other Activities
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.
Outlook 2002
So far, Cat Life and Research Foundation 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.

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.
To all friends of Cat Life and Research Foundation a big THANK YOU for your interest and your help. May the coming year be a good one for all of us.


Cat Life Foundation
P.O. Box 16126
Tallahassee, FL 32317-6126
Phone: (850) 491-1300
Web Site: www.catlifefoundation.org
E-Mail: catlifefd@earthlink.net