During the month of August, IRDNC’s Rapid Response Team Leaders Cliff Tjikundi, Linus Mbomboro and the Lion Rangers were incredibly busy! Throughout the month Mr. Tjikundi and Mr. Mbomboro responded to twelve separate lion sightings near homesteads in six separate lion-range conservancies in the Kunene and Erongo regions of Northwest Namibia. In particular, Puros Conservancy lived-up to its billing as a human-lion conflict ‘hotspot.’ Three individual sightings were reported within the conservancy and the Team Leaders and Lion Rangers engaged in eleven separate patrols to keep abreast of lion movements. They also assisted Desert Lion Conservation with a successful translocation from the Tsiseb Conservancy late in the month.
In total the Rapid Response teams covered 7,483 kilometers – that’s further than across Australia.
It wasn’t all lions all the time for the Response Team and Lion Rangers. During August they attended stakeholder meetings focused on the development of the Kunene People’s Contractual Park, a new conservation and land-rights project being spearheaded by IRDNC and its founder Garth Owen-Smith. The teams also assisted the Save the Rhino Trust with anti-poaching patrols which yielded an arrest before a rhino-poaching incident took place!