Marnus loves lions.
So much so he walked and bicycled to raise funds to protect them.
When that wasn’t enough he started his own project. For three years he lived in the bush in Botswana working with farmers to find solutions to keep lions away from their meager livestock.
We spent a day with him exploring the vast terrain back in October 2015.
We interviewed two of the many farmers, who with Marnus’ encouragement and direction, were using specialized lights to keep the lions away.
For the most part it appeared to be working. Fewer lions were being killed by irate farmers.
The farmers were happy, the government seemed impressed and most of all entire lion prides were being kept safe.
Then in 2017 things changed.
Marnus found himself among those whose permit wasn’t renewed. Heartbreaking!
After months of trying Marnus let go and accepted an invitation to assess the viability of similar work in a far more remote area in the north eastern part of Namibia.
After an extensive spoor tracking survey to determine the presence of lions and other predators, and getting to know the local San People… the conclusion was affirmative.
Looking ahead at 2019
In 2019 Marnus will camp 600k away from civilization as we know it. Over the course of several months he will travel thousands of kilometers visiting local villages.
The objective: To talk to the people. To gather information, in order to thoroughly assess the people’s will to reclaim their heritage… their way of life, which includes living in harmony with wildlife.
The prognosis is positive.
From what Marnus learned over the past year the San people remain intimately acquainted with nature, more so than in many other areas.
The dream to rewild this remote unique place is real. To make it a place for lions, other predators and all wildlife may just be achievable with your help.
We are very enthusiastic about this emerging holistic project. So much so, it will be our key focus for 2019.
Phase one is to keep Marnus moving and talking. We do this by keeping fuel in his tank.
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