Since 2004 the Cape Leopard Trust has been dedicated to researching and conserving Cape leopards and the environment they live in. As a Non-Profit Organisation we cannot do this alone, and rely heavily on sponsorships and donations. Our support comes from many sources including companies, trust funds, institutions and caring individuals. All donations go directly toward furthering the project and our understanding and conservation of these magnificent animals.
How to donate
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Our safe and simple online donation system gives you the opportunity to make a contribution to the Cape Leopard Trust by credit card, as well as providing our banking details for an electronic funds transfer (EFT). After a short registration process, you are directed to a payment form which allows you to choose to support one of our existing projects or to donate an amount of your choice.
The Cape Leopard Trust is Non-Profit Organisation (PBO Number: 930 016 841). Donations are tax deductable, and exempt from donations tax. Bequests are exempt from estate duty. If you would like a Donation Certificate for tax benefits, please request one by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of ways in which you can support the Cape Leopard Trust. Listed below are the options available to you.
Adopt a spot
With the amount of people interested in sponsoring a leopard, and too few animals to go around, the Cape Leopard Trust devised a way of allowing more people access to more detailed information on a leopard through the adoption of a spot. The Adopt-A-Spot Programme allows you "time-share” in one of the leopards under the research of the Cape Leopard Trust for a period of one year. The cost of adopting a spot is just R500 per annum. In return, you will receive a digital gift certificate and the Cape Leopard Trust will send you photographs and information on your leopard on a quarterly basis. Your name will also appear on the website as one of the sponsors of your leopard for the year of your sponsorship. This is a great opportunity for the public, schools and large corporations to get involved in a sponsorship drive.
The Spot adoption currently revolved around the life of the female leopard F10 also known as “Spot”. A leopard can have over 500 "spots", which would equate to over R250 000 worth of sponsorship every year per leopard if we manage to get all of the spots adopted. Here we follow the life of Spot, her cubs, the males in her area and any other relevant information.
The CLT relies heavily on sponsorship from corporations, trusts and private companies.Without this assistance we would struggle to undertake our research, education and other conservation efforts. It is only through the generous backing from conservation-conscious people and organisations that we are able to continue doing the work we do.
The Cape Leopard Trust is very dependent on the generosity of private individuals, families, trusts and companies that make a contribution to the project. No matter how big or small the amount, every cent goes to ensuring that the Cape Leopard Trust can continue to conserve the biodiversity found in theCapemountain ranges.
Camera trap sponsors
The data we receive from our sponsored camera traps helps us to better understand the the ecology of leopards in our project areas. We have collected thousands of leopard photographs and tens of thousands of photographs of other animals. These data help with determining leopard densities, activity, habitat preferences as well as obtaining baseline data on other mammals occuring within their area. These data also contribute to MammalMap, helping to map mammal distribution throughoutAfrica, an effort run by UCT and initiated by the Cape Leopard Trust.
A camera trap costs R3600 to sponsor per annum and will be used to gather further data in one of our study sites. We acknowledge each camera sponsorship by placing the sponsors name on the unit for a period of one year.
The Cape Leopard Trust requires a great deal of items to keep the projects running. We are not funded by the state, and apart from monetary donations, we are very grateful for contributions in the form of research equipment/materials, vehicles and other field gear to keep us operational. We have devised a wish list to highlight our needs on a yearly basis and listed the details for each of the items. As items are sponsored, we highlight them and add the sponsor’s name to these.
More and more we are getting requests from people who want to leave a lasting legacy once they pass, by assisting the Cape Leopard Trust through a conservation-orientated bequest. Funds from your estate can be entrusted to the Cape Leopard Trust, which will be designated to the various projects to be spent on research and conservation.
As part of our marketing and fundraising strategies, the Cape Leopard Trust is investing in branded merchandise that promotes the project and increases the presence of our organisation. By purchasing an item from our store, you play a pivotal role in helping us raise much needed funds to drive out conservation efforts, as well as promoting the marketing of the Cape Leopard Trust.
We are proud to be affiliated with the following organisations and institutions, who share in our passion for conservation and research. We look forward to continuing our partnerships, and plan on building on our relationships even further in the future. View our Partners.
Partnering with other South African conservation and research NGO’s, the Cape Leopard Trust is one of the founding members of the Environment Magazine. The magazine is released on a quarterly basis and highlights activities and projects of the NGO’s involved.
The Cape Leopard Trust has been accepted as a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet beneficiary, a fundraising initiative run by Woolworths. This social responsibility programme currently supports over 10 000 schools and 600 charitable organisations. To support the Cape Leopard Trust through the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme, please download the application form here.