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Our Team

These are the individuals who make up the Cape Leopard Trust.

Helen Turnbull
Helen is the CEO of The Cape Leopard Trust, and her job is to make sure the various dynamics of the project are managed transparently and efficiently. Her work includes relationship management with partners, fundraising, sponsorship liaison, financial oversight and communication, as well as building brand awareness. No stranger to the bush and wide open spaces, Helen completed her Matric in the northern Cape, and then left for Europe where she trained in multiple aviation disciplines with Lufthansa and travelled the…
Lana Muller
Operations & Research Manager - Lana was born in South Africa and from an early age travelled with her family extensively across the continent. As a result, she developed a keen interest in wildlife and in particular a passion for predators. Inspired by her experiences Lana followed her dream, which was one day to  work with big cats in the African bush. She obtained a BSc degree in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University and subsequently decided to spread her wings…
Yvonne Kamp
Administration Support - Yvonne studied Nature Conservation at CapeTech and then had the privilege of moving to a private nature reserve in the Overberg where she built a house that became known as ‘Earthship’ out of car tyres filled with rammed earth, a unique concept developed by an architect in the USA. After a couple of years of working with spades, sledgehammers and circular saws the opportunity presented itself to work as a marine guide on a whale watching boat around Dyer Island near Gansbaai. The area…
Jeannie Hayward
Jeannie Hayward has a Masters degree (Zoology) from the University of Stellenbosch. Growing up in the Karoo, Jeannie has always had an intense love for the veld and nature. During her varsity studies she spent a lot of time in the Tankwa Karoo, Sandveld and Cederberg doing reptile surveys and research, particularly on the peculiar tail-biting armadillo lizard, known locally as the “blinkogie”. She briefly left scientific research for a stint in the television industry where she worked as programme…
Anita Meyer
Anita (MSc Zoology, University of Stellenbosch) has a passion for nature and a heart for conservation. Fieldwork for her postgraduate studies regularly took her to the Cederberg and Tankwa regions to gather data. She investigated aggregation behaviour of Bibron’s Gecko in the Cederberg, and then went on to evaluate the relevance of the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor for the long-term conservation of reptile diversity in the region. She has worked at Homebrew Films as a content researcher and production manager…
Hadley John Lyners
Environmental Educator - Hadley John Lyners is a University of Cape Town graduate. He completed a teaching degree and taught at a number of schools on the Cape Flats, where conditions can be challenging, and made it his priority to recognise and nurture the individual strengths of the youngsters in his care. His role in teaching enabled Hadley to play a part in developing school gardens, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge of the environment and sustainability with the youth and uses his skills…
Catherine Kühn
Environmental Educator - Catherine joined the Cape Leopard Trust team in October 2014 as the new Cape Town based Environmental Educator. Catherine’s love for nature was nurtured from a very young age. Her parents are avid hikers and for every holiday the family of 4 kids would be packed into the car and head off into the wilderness, mainly to the Cederberg, to go camping, hiking, climbing and exploring. This passion for nature ultimately shaped her career choice. Catherine has a Diploma in Nature Conservation…
Nicole le Roux
Environmental Education Coordinator - Nicole assists with the development, logistics, financing and reporting of the camps and Cape Town activities. Her approach is to prioritize the importance of how the work gets done, so that even the process of running the project becomes a way to life embedded into our vision. Nicole’s background and passion is taking young people into nature for their development and growth. In 2010 she co-founded I Am Somebody!, a youth development organization. IAS! implemented an…

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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    A cat amongst the pigeons – or in this case rabbits

    Dr Laurel Serieys of the Urban Caracal Project shares this story with us of a lucky caracal called ‘Prospero’, who was found caught by his paw in a lethal trap. Fortunately help was on hand. The Urban Caracal Project is a sister project supported by The Cape Leopard Trust. It…
    Written on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:57
  • Curiouser and curiouser…

    Curiouser and curiouser…

    Camera traps have become quite common-place. Many avid nature enthusiasts own one or more units and excitedly plan the next location to put their camera and then eagerly await their next photo of a little-seen animal. Also called trail cameras, it was originally designed as scouting cameras for the hunting industry. But, their…
    Written on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:52

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