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Board of Trustees

We are very proud to have the following members as Trustees for the Cape Leopard Trust.

Johan van der Westhuizen (Chairman)

A founding member of the Cape Leopard Trust and retired businessman, who now devotes much of his free time to conservation. Johan is also a founding member of the Cederberg Conservancy, and founding member and chairman of the Red Cederberg Karoo Park, a conservation area in the unique Cederberg succulent Karoo.

Dr Quinton Martins

Dr Quinton Martins is the co-founder and former CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust. 

His work began with guiding and managing safari camps in Botswana to research work in Central Africa. During this time Quinton was fortunate enough to track, observe, photograph and work with many leopards and it is here that his passion for these elusive creatures was born.

He completed his PhD through the University of Bristol, U.K. and instigated the formal research of leopards in the Cederberg mountains in 2003. He has worked in wilderness areas throughout Africa, and is now based in California with the Snow Leopard Conservancy. He remains involved as a trustee and non-executive director.

Peter Lloyd

Former 'Specialist Mammalogist' with CapeNature (and its predecessors), and a highly published author and editor of scientific literature. Peter has contributed to the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, advising on genetic, translocation, management, and demographic concerns and issues. He is also one of the founding members of the Cape Leopard Trust.

Professor Ian McCallum

Medical doctor, psychiatrist, naturalist, writer and former Springbok rugby player. Ian was also one of the founding members of the Wilderness Leadership School in the Western Cape.

Dr William Horsnell

Lecturer and researcher in theInstituteofInfectious Diseasesand Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town. Bill has had a long term interest in natural history, which led him to undertake a degree in Applied Zoology at the University of Leeds and develop an interest in parasitology and biochemistry. This resulted in a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College in cellular biology and biochemistry. Bill has been a part of the project since its inception.

David Knott

A now retired and former fiduciary specialist, David has extensive experience of trust management and over the years has worked with a number of established trust companies. He was at one time CEO of Syfrets Trust and subsequent to the 2001 merger of Syfrets, BoE and Old Mutual he was appointed Head of Fiduciary Product for the BoE Trust up until his retirement. David has often  acted as a trustee and now continues to hold appointments assisting various NGO's. As such he is well versed in the duties and obligations of a trustee and will be a great addition to The Cape Leopard Trust. Until recently he was a director of the National Sea Rescue Institute, responsible for the nine stations in the area from Kommetjie to Lamberts Bay and is an active crew member of Bakoven Station.

Specialist Trust Advisors

Louis Liebenberg - Master tracker, author of several books on tracking wild animals, creator of the world renowned Cybertracker software for which he won the Rolex Prestigious Awards.

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    Exciting Environmental Education

    See what our youngsters get up to at one of our environmental education camps through the eyes of our ‘Moonwalking Bear’. Who says nature is boring, especially not when combined with the global moonwalking bear phenomenon! Bookings open for the new season.   For availability email elizabeth@capeleopard.org.za and don't forget to spot the bear...
    Written on Friday, 30 January 2015 08:57
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    Last Leopard Release of 2014

    Early on the last Sunday morning of 2014, our Programme Manager, Bryan Havemann, received a telephone call from a concerned farmer, in the Ashton area to say he had come across a leopard that had accidentally got itself trapped in a cage intended for caracal capture. Being quite a distance…
    Written on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:26

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