National Geographic & ITV
In the heart of Namibia in Southern Africa, Lise and Wayne Hanssen have made a life of caring for orphaned and injured cats. But one thing’s for sure: their patients aren’t just your average house cats. Lise and Wayne’s feline friends are leopards and cheetahs.
These big cats face a new challenge in the wilds of Namibia – the hunter has become the hunted. Farmers trap and shoot them for fear of their impact on livestock. Forty cheetahs and eight leopards live at Africat, Lise and Wayne’s rehabilitation facility. Some have been too severely injured to return to the wild. For others, release will follow recovery.
Ongwe, the most recent addition to Africat is one for which Lise and Wayne have high hopes. Very much a wild animal and still wary of his human caretakers, Ongwe will spend a month at Africat to break his homing instinct so that he may be relocated to safer ground away from farms.