For many years we, as a welfare and rehabilitation centre, have loved and nurtured both animals and people that have come to us.
Harnas will, with this fundament, protect an environment that includes all forms of life, as well as the knowledge and ideas that ensure its sustainability. We strive to look for potential in all animals and to give them a second chance at life by rehabilitating them and releasing them. With the Harnas rehabilitation model, we will do our very best to make a difference and will strive to bring back the once great numbers of lions, cheetahs and other species that roamed the plains of Africa. This is the dream of Harnas and we live by this dream every day!
Rehabilitation and reintroduction program
Namibia has no registered rehabilitation centre and no current laws exist to have government-registered institutions as rehabilitation centres. Harnas has been unofficially rehabilitating sick, injured, orphaned and problem animals for the past 25 years and has in this time developed a perfect infrastructure for rehabilitation. Of the animals that come to Harnas, only 25% are classed as releasable or re-introducible. The biggest difficulty for Harnas has been finding release sites.
As described in the section on African Wild Dogs, the Foundation proposes to establish a protected 10,000 ha reserve. This reserve will be the ideal release site for animals that have been rehabilitated on Harnas and can be released.
Harnas acknowledges that 10,000 ha is not a vast area, but it can expand to a larger area if initial attempts are successful and help boost eco-tourism.
Through this Harnas will:
In order to succeed, Harnas will also need to ensure that more species of game are introduced and will establish a breeding area for herbivores, which then can be released into the conservation area is so that the ecosystem on the farm can be transformed to its original state.
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