Further links forged with 'Big Cat' charity
The Africat Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Namibia, created with the purpose of conserving large mammals such as cheetahs, lions and hyenas. Through Bruce Allen, an Africat member from Sheffield, we have built up our connection with the charity, and in support of the work they do the Gripple Charities Committee has sanctioned the adoption of a male leopard cub named Thunder. He is one year old and currently living with another leopard called Lightning - it is hoped they will be released into the wild together in the next 6-12 months.
Our relationship with Africat has developed over recent years; in the past we have supplied them with Gripple Plus joiners and tensioners to help maintain the 87 kilometres of fencing at their 40,000 acre rehabilitation camp in Okonjima. Our products have proved particularly useful for emergency repairs, when time is of the essence - the Torq Tensioning Tool has provided them with a quick and easy way to re-tension broken wires.
Rescue and Release Officer Dave Houghton recalled the time a large male Kudu ran into the fence at the Lion Camp, subsequently alerting three lions and leaving a gaping hole in the barrier. "With the trusty Gripple joiners we were able to secure the fence and stop the lions escaping in just a few rather tense minutes."