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People Unite for The Cape Leopard Trust Fundraiser Lunch
The overcast skies and inclement weather did nothing to dampen enthusiastic spirits at the annual Cape Leopard Trust luncheon hel​d at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards on Saturday, 15 August. Over 150 guests and friends gathered to celebrate the Trust's 11th birthday with Cederberg and Winelands inspired cuisine crafted by chefs Pieter de Jager, Michelle Theron (of Leopard’s Leap and La Motte) and Christo Pretorius and Floris Smith (of the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa and Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve) complemented by exquisite wines courtesy of hosts Leopard’s Leap. MC’s Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp and Africa Melane, along with local musician, James Stewart, entertained…
Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:47

Giving a Helping Paw

Giving a Helping Paw
The Cape Leopard Trust recently joined our partners First National Bank for their '67 Minutes' community outreach initiative. Out of Africa Children’s Foundation desperately needed some decorating done at their Newlands house of safety. Yvonne Murray, Branch Manager, and Samantha Bosch, Team Leader, from FNB Century City assembled some helpers, and Environmental Educators Cath Kühn and Hadley Lyners, along with Programme Manager, Bryan Havemann and Acting CEO, Helen Turnbull, seized the opportunity to get busy with the paintbrushes. The Out of Africa Children’s Foundation offers a safe house for children and their immediate families who come from all corners of…
Children’s Art Competition Winners Announced
A specially selected group of judges for The Cape Leopard Trust's annual children’s art competition gathered at Splash Café, Claremont on Monday, 27 July for the onerous task of choosing winners from some incredibly creative art submitted by over 80 budding young artists. Environmental Educators Catherine Kühn and Hadley Lyners were joined by wildlife photographer, Scott Ramsay, conservationist and My School/My Planet Ambassador, Braam Malherbe and Anele van der Merwe from Bridgestone, sponsors of the competition. The theme this year was ‘Predators of the Cape’, and a diverse variety of animals featured in the line up including meerkats, the great…
Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:58

Namaqualand PEACE Project Gets New Wheels

Namaqualand PEACE Project Gets New Wheels
Thanks to the Rolf Stephan Nussbaum Foundation, and a long search for a suitable vehicle with the help of the Landcruiser Club, the PEACE (Predator Ecology & Coexistence Experiment) project finally received some much needed new wheels. Programme Manager, Bryan Havemann, and acting CEO, Helen Turnbull, delivered the vehicle to Namaqualand for the official handover. Due to the wide scope of the of the research, Dr Bogdan Cristescu and Kristine Teichman have a team of field technicians working with them on the project, which is in partnership with Woolworths and Conservation South Africa. Distances in the northern Cape are vast, and…
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:50

The waiting game

The waiting game
All those familiar with camera trapping – be it as a hobby or for research purposes – would know that patience really is a virtue…  In January this year our Boland team was contacted by Jannas Du Plessis from Ceres for some camera placement pointers. His aim was to capture a photo of a leopard in the surrounding mountains. It is known that these ghost-like cats do roam the rugged Skurweberge around Ceres, and once or twice a year one is sighted along the historic Michell’s Pass… But Jannas was bitten by the “camtrap bug” and his holy grail was…
Celebrating the Riel Dancers of Wupperthal
The Cape Leopard Trust would like to congratulate our partner Bushmanskloof and 'Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers’ on their recent success at the 19th annual International Performing Arts Championships in Long Beach, California. The 17 strong Trappers team won 29 gold and silver medals in total, and the Riel band took the overall trophy. Born out of Khoi and San traditions, Riel dance is an important part of indigenous culture in which leopards have a special reverence. Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers are supported by Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg, and actively managed, choreographed and coached by the reserve’s Executive Chef and…
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:42

Annual Art Competition Countdown

Annual Art Competition Countdown
Calling all budding young artists out there, we have but a few days remaining for you to send us your pictures to enter our annual art competition which will close promptly this coming Friday, 24 July. The theme this year is ‘Predators of the Cape’, so there are lots of interesting animals that fall into this category. The competition is open to anyone under the age of 18, and there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. The winning twelve pictures will help to create a 2016 calendar, which will be officially printed by CTP Printers…
Monday, 13 July 2015 08:58

CLT Holiday Club Rocks Kirstenbosch

CLT Holiday Club Rocks Kirstenbosch
The Cape Leopard Trust and our ‘holiday club; group from Manenberg, had the privilege of having a Miss Earth finalist join us on our environmental outing to Kirstenbosch on Monday. Andrea Von Gunten, works for CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers), so she was a perfect partner to join us on our day in the world renowned gardens.   The weather on Monday was perfect and the day as spent walking around Kirstenbosch while learning about the various rare and endangered flowers which Andrea told us about. The group had done a lot of hiking the week before, including a…
Calling fashionistas to share their spots​
An inspiration for fashion followers around the globe, leopard spots continue to be a timeless and classic inspiration for top designers. In a new initiative to raise awareness of leopard conservation, Panthera has partnered with Peace Parks Foundation in the Furs for Life Leopard Project, providing a simple and sustainable solution that protects leopards but also supports local African culture.  Collaborating with top digital designers, high-quality and realistic faux leopard skin will replace the authentic skins worn at ceremonies. More than 5,000 faux leopard capes have already been donated in southern Africa, and thanks to the partnership with the Peace Parks Foundation…
Leopard Signboards take root in the Winelands
Cascade Country Manor in Paarl is one of a growing group of private land owners to take delivery of a ‘leopards in the fynbos’ interpretive signboards. Owner Maika Goetze invited The Cape Leopard Trust staff to see the sign in place, and to visit the office space kindly sponsored by Maika and her husband Volker for the Trust's Environmental Educator, Catherine Kühn. The new office gives the CLT a broader presence in the Boland, and Cascade Manor will partner with the CLT to host some of the local environmental education programmes as well as a fundraising sport based event. The…

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Latest News Updates

  • People Unite for The Cape Leopard Trust Fundraiser Lunch

    People Unite for The Cape Leopard Trust Fundraiser Lunch

    The overcast skies and inclement weather did nothing to dampen enthusiastic spirits at the annual Cape Leopard Trust luncheon hel​d at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards on Saturday, 15 August. Over 150 guests and friends gathered to celebrate the Trust's 11th birthday with Cederberg and Winelands inspired cuisine crafted by chefs…
    Written on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:50
  • Giving a Helping Paw

    Giving a Helping Paw

    The Cape Leopard Trust recently joined our partners First National Bank for their '67 Minutes' community outreach initiative. Out of Africa Children’s Foundation desperately needed some decorating done at their Newlands house of safety. Yvonne Murray, Branch Manager, and Samantha Bosch, Team Leader, from FNB Century City assembled some helpers,…
    Written on Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:47

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