African golden cat
Engaging local people to improve their lives whilst reducing threats to the African golden cat and other wildlife.
WHO WE ARE
We are small wild cat lovers engaging and empowering local people living in close proximity with small wild cats to reduce threats to wildlife. Our favorite is the African golden cat. We love it. We strive to protect the African golden cat in Uganda and across its range.
In Uganda, we are a registered Community Based Conservation Organization (CBO) Registration Number: RBD/616/CBO/014/2021
In Africa, we are part-of and coordinating the newly created African golden cat Conservation Alliance and Working Group (AGCCA & WG). The role of the AGCCA & WG is to expand and oversee the conservation of the African golden cat across the species range.
The African golden cat
The African golden cat is Africa's least known wild cat species. It is only found in the forests of equatorial Africa (green polygon on the map). However, the African golden cat may be extinct in some areas of its estimated range (red polygon on the map). The African golden cat is listed as Vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Red List of threatened species. Only a few field locations for African golden cat presence have been ascertained (golden dots on the map). Please let us know (in the contact section at the bottom of the page or let's chat) If you know of other locations with ascertained African golden cat presence but not shown on this map.
Our conservation and research work in Uganda has inspired and supports passionate individuals in the species range countries to start conservation initiatives to save the African golden cat in their countries. Embaka is honoured and humbled to spearhead this movement.
WHERE WE WORK
We work with local people adjacent to three of four protected areas in Uganda known to have the African golden cat; 1) Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 2) Echuya Forest Reserve and 3) Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve.
WHAT WE DO
We are saving the African golden cat in Uganda
We identify threats together with local people and wildlife managers. We then empower local people to implement threat reduction solutions, whilst improving local livelihood and oral health care. At Bwindi only, over 1000 local families have joined our Anti-Poaching Community Watch Groups. And we are still counting!
Estimating African golden cat population
We started by estimating the number of African golden cats at our project sites. African golden cat numbers were 50% lower in areas with poaching. Poaching is a serious threat to African golden cats.
HOW WE DO IT
We combine cutting-edge and robust biological research, social-science research and local people engagement
Using motion-triggered cameras to automatically record pictures and videos of the African golden cat. We then apply robust data analytics to learn about the secretive lives of African golden cats.
We work with local people living at the frontline of protected areas which African golden cats call home. Our longterm esteemed partners include the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Uganda Wildlife Authority, National Forestry Authority, and the Small Wild cat Conservation Foundation.