Jenefer Horan, daughter of Unicorn Ingredients founder Frank Horan, was passionate about protecting the natural world and conservation projects in Africa.
In 2017, nineteen-year-old Jenny passed away, having faced many health issues in her short life. Following her loss, Unicorn ran a fundraising competition in her memory to benefit her favourite charity, the UK-based conservation and education charity AfriCat.
Two years on, Jenny’s legacy is coming together, at the charity’s Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia, home of the AfriCat Foundation.
AfriCat works on the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores including lions, hyena, leopard and cheetah, and the environment and community in which they live.
In 2018 it moved ahead with plans to erect an open classroom at its education centre on Okonjima, to allow it to step up its schools outreach programme.
The first phase saw four containers bought: one to be converted to a classroom, one into an office and two to be used as safe, water-proof equipment storage space. Foundations have since been laid as the project continues.
The new development will be named after the Jenny Horan Legacy and the new classroom block ‘The Jenny Horan Environmental Education Classroom’.
Carey Widdows, Director and Trustee of AfriCat UK said:
“Many scholars and people of all ages will have the opportunity to come here to learn about our magnificent land, the numerous current local and global challenges facing us all, especially Namibia’s threatened carnivores, so that they may develop an understanding and hopefully a love for these amazing animals, ultimately leading to conservation.”