Leopard Release by the Rapid Response Unit in Namibia
The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Rapid Response Unit is crucial to the carnivores of Namibia… often ensuring the survival of big cats otherwise condemned.
The 21st of May saw Rudie and the team responding rapidly to a call from a nearby farmer who had caught a leopard in a trap cage. Upon arrival he was greeted by a 65kg magnificent male, one of the largest leopards forming part of this incredible Release Program in Namibia
The farmer, understandably concerned about having this predator roaming around his livestock, chose to have the leopard removed and, after fitting the big cat with a GPS collar, the rapid response team headed back to the sanctuary with the remarkable carnivore. Without the sanctuary and the work of the Rapid Response Unit these big cats would likely be shot by the farm
er trying to protect their livestock the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary gives a alternative allowing the big cats to be rehabilitated and released into a new and safe environment. Volunteers can help both at the sanctuary and also on the release site and their help is always so appreciated
Staff and volunteers alike witnessed an incredible release that afternoon of the male, with the alluring leopard dashing to freedom on the sanctuary reserve itself. This big cat’s movements, behavioral patterns and threat to livestock will now be accurately and scientifically monitored, adding to the vital work carried out by the research team.
Rapid response is crucial in decreasing the risk Namibia’s large carnivores face in the human / carnivore conflict struggle.