Clever cat flaps save cheetahs in Namibia

2015-01-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Big “cat flaps” for warthog and other animals that dig tunnels under fences may yet save hunting lazy horse in Namibia.

Executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia, Dr Laurie Marker, said the “cat flaps” have already proven effective in the fund’s constant struggle to reduce conflict between game farmers and predators preying on their profits. She said game farmers shot more hunting cheetahs than stock farmers.

Marker explained the gates can be basic wire structures hung on a horizontal axis so that they can swing open when pushed from either side of the fence by the traditional trio — warthogs, aardvark and porcupines.

She cited a published report on the effect of the gates, saying the gates have proven effective and cheap to allow the diggers to roam but to keep predators out. “The gates must just be placed in the right place and and there must be enough.”

The right place is over a hole dug by the animals. The gates are left open at first. When the diggers have become used to the opening in the fence, the gate is hung over it, and they immediately start to nose the flap open.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.