The Cape Leopard Trust - Using research as a tool for conservation & finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict

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.

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.

Brendhan Kannemeyer

Brendhan is a successful businessman who established BJK in 1997 after his time as Procurement Manager of Tiger Brands. BJK has since developed into a major logistics company and yet in his spare time Brendhan still manages to be an enthusiastic conservationist. He often assisted and accompanied Quinton Martins with his research work, including the collaring of leopard and monitoring by helicopter . In his personal capacity Brendhan “Jock” Kannemeyer has been a supporter of the Trust since 2004, and his company BJK Industries is a long standing donor to the Trust.

Jannie Nieuwoudt

Jannie Nieuwoudt is a 7th generation Cederberg and chair of the Cederberg Conservancy. He has been a supporter of the CLT for many years and is currently the secretary of the Red Cederberg Karoo Park. Jannie was one of a group of farmers who decided to ban the use of inhumane gin traps in terms of predator management and was a founding member of the Cederbeg Conservancy.

The Cape Leopard Trust Trapping Techniques

icon no trapShort overview of three trapping methods considered by the Cape Leopard Trust as safe and humane: Cage traps, Foot loop traps or Foot snares, Soft-catch traps, References to relevant scientific literature.

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