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

Our Team

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

Quinton Martins
Dr Quinton Martins is the co-founder, CEO and Cederberg Project Manager of the Cape Leopard Trust. Quinton (PhD Zoology, University of Bristol) has worked in wilderness areas throughout Africa. His work has ranged from 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…
Elizabeth Martins
Elizabeth Martins is the Cape Leopard Trust Education and Outreach Co-ordinator, a branch of the project initiated at the end of 2008. Elizabeth (BSocSc Anthropology and Archaeology, UCT) was a Waldorf school teacher in Stellenbosch for the four years prior to joining the Cape Leopard Trust, where she was instrumental in developing the schools sustainability programme. During this time she developed a love for facilitating learning and development in children. Elizabeth is combining her interests in education and the environment, focussing…
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…
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…
Kristine Teichman
Kristine Teichman joins us from British Columbia, Canada where she attended Thompson Rivers University (Animal Health Technology Diploma; BSc Animal Biology, hons). After spending time working as an Animal Health Technologist, teaching English as a Second Language, traveling and volunteering on predator ecology projects in North, Central and South America she returned to university to pursue her interests in behavioural ecology and wildlife conservation. She completed a MSc (University of Alberta, Canada) on the impact of hyper-abundant ungulates on lower trophic levels. This work showed…
Dr. Bogdan Cristescu
Dr. Bogdan Cristescu has been privileged to be involved in research and conservation projects on 3 continents. He volunteered on predator projects in Romania, Poland and Portugal, studied the behavioural ecology of large felids introduced to Shamwari Game Reserve (Eastern Cape) for his MSc (University of Leeds), and grizzly bear ecology in response to open-pit mining in western Alberta (Canada) for his PhD (University of Alberta). He joined CLT in May 2013 to co-manage the PEACE project (Predator Ecology And Coexistence Experiment), carrying out postdoctoral research…
Laurel Klein Serieys
Dr. Laurel Serieys grew up in Dallas, Texas, USA and graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003.  In 2014, she earned her Ph.D. through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California, Los Angeles. Since childhood, Laurel knew that she would study wild cats with an interest in designing effective wildlife conservation guidelines as a driving force in this ambition. Recognizing even at an early age the increasing impact…
Corle Jansen
University of Stellenbosch (4th Year BSc Conservation Ecology project) Corlé Jansen joined the Cape Leopard Trust team for a year (2013) to help run a camera trapping survey in the Cederberg. Ever since watching nature documentaries as a child she has always felt a connection with nature, but especially with leopards. After finishing her studies as a professional photography student at City Varsity in 2009, she decided to enrol in BSc Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University. She is currently in her…
Hadley John Lyners
Hadley John is a University of Cape Town graduate where he completed a teaching degree. He has 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 to inspire…
Helen Turnbull
Helen is the project coordinator for The Cape Leopard Trust, which means it is her job to make sure that the various dynamics of the project are running seamlessly. Helen spent her teenage years completing matric in the northern Cape counting meerkats and then left for Europe where she worked for Lufthansa and travelled the world. After sixteen years away from Africa she returned to Cape Town in 2001 and established a consultancy company developing sustainable business practice in tourism, assisting mainly small enterprises to…
Yvonne Kamp
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 is famous…
Bryan Havemann
Bryan was born in South Africa in 1961 and after military service did a Nature Conservation Diploma followed by a B-Tech Degree in Veld and Game Management. After a short stint at Londolozi, he spent 16 years in the Kruger National Park as a researcher, wilderness trails ranger and a senior game ranger with South African National Parks (SANParks).  Bryan was the General Manager of the 5 Star Jock Safari Lodge in the south of Kruger, for 3 years. After…
Catherine Philips
Catherine Philips joined the Cape Leopard Trust team in October 2014 as the new Environmental Educator for Cape Town. Catherine’s love for nature was nurtured from a very young age. Her parents are avid hikers and for every holiday they would pack the family of 4 kids 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 through…

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  • Last Leopard Release of 2014

    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
  • Internship Opportunity with The Cape Leopard Trust Education Programme February - May 2015

    The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) is a research and conservation NGO, based in the Western Cape. It uses research as a tool for conservation, finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict and inspiring interest in the environment through an interactive and dynamic environmental education programme. The Education Project is looking for interns…
    Written on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:46
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