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By assisting communal and commercial farmers in preventing conflict with wildlife, we have managed in just two years to save the lives of numerous endangered desert lions. 

 

Our Mission

The primary function of DeLHRA is to mitigate conflict between humans and wildlife in the Kunene region of Namibia. DeLHRA supplies farmers with the tools and know-how to protect their livestock and ultimately, their livelihoods. 

In addition, DeLHRA seeks to allow farmers to benefit directly from the growing tourism industry, incentivising local communities to have a vested interest in the preservation of wildlife.


DeLHRA has provided me the tools and know-how to protect my livestock. Now the lions and farmers can co-exist without conflict.
— Steven Kasaona (Farmer), Sesfontein Conservancy

our primary focal points

  • Preserving the lives of endangered species, in particular that of the desert lion. 
  • Educating and informing local communities on the value of conservation and positive effects thereof.
  • Effectively liaising with affected communities in order to pursue long-term solutions resulting in endangered wildlife preservation. 
  • Collaborating with existing NGOs, forming valuable relationships and sharing insights and data. 
  • Promoting and supporting wildlife tourism through conflict prevention and mitigation. 
  • Securing support and donations from both government and wildlife organisations. 

Money is raised primarily to properly build kraals (livestock enclosures) which are then surrounded by shade cloth. The shade cloth acts as an active barrier for the lions and prevents the livestock from panicking with predators nearby. Furthermore, kraals are fitted with motion triggered voltaic lights and sirens. In addition farmers are equipped with fire crackers to scare off predators.

These efforts have been heroic in ensuring not only the livelihood of multiple farmer’s livestock, but also in ensuring that the specially protected desert lion has a chance to survive in an ever-shrinking natural habitat.