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Our Team

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

Helen Turnbull
Helen is the acting CEO for The Cape Leopard Trust, and it is her job to make sure the various dynamics of the project are being managed well and running seamlessly. Her work includes sponsor relationship liaison and communication, as well as building brand awareness.   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…
Bryan Havemann
Bryan joined The Cape Leopard Trust in May 2014 and is the Programme Manager, an essential role overseeing the project managers and making sure the research and education teams are supported and able to complete their tasks, as well as making sure the equipment they need is at their fingertips.  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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…

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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  • Making a difference in style!

    Making a difference in style!

    With The Cape Leopard Trust being an Associate Charity of the ABSA Cape Epic, our CEO Helen Turnbull, thought it appropriate to pay it forward and sponsor a presentation and day-outing for a local Elgin school during the time that the Cape Epic was based in the area earlier this year. And…
    Written on Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:51
  • The Cape Leopard Trust Education Project Gets New Wheels

    The Cape Leopard Trust Education Project Gets New Wheels

    Helen Turnbull, CEO, Environmental Educator, Catherine Kühn, and Education Project Coordinator, Nicole le Roux, travelled out to the Paarl Winelands recently to visit the Avis office there. Catherine had received news that it was time to return her current vehicle as a new replacement was ready for her to collect,…
    Written on Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:35

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