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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…
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…
Jaclyn Stephenson
Jaclyn Stephenson joined The Cape Leopard Trust to expand the environmental education project into Cape Town and will be able to offer the environmental education programme to schools in the mother city as well as the surrounding areas. Jaclyn enjoys any opportunity to explore hiking trails and take people out into the wilderness to experience the Cape’s awesome natural environment. After graduating from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies, Jaclyn decided to venture into guiding and working with young people in conservation. After completing an…

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