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Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:06

Job Vacancy - Environmental Educator

The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking a suitably qualified ‘Environmental Educator’ to implement local activities (eco clubs, presentations and day trips) and to implement environmental camps in the Boland and Cederberg. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about nature and enjoys teaching and facilitating activities with children and young people. The candidate must hold a valid driving license, be physically fit, have outdoor experience and a good general knowledge of the mountains around Cape Town, including fauna and flora and hiking routes. Reporting to the Project Coordinator the key performance areas are Good leadership skills Facilitating hikes and…
The Cape Leopard Trust Appointed ABSA Cape Epic Official Charity
We are thrilled to announce that The Cape Leopard Trust has secured a three year partnership with the ABSA Cape Epic. Four official charities will be aligned to the event for the next three years, and as well as the Trust include Anna Foundation, Qhubeka and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The ABSA Cape Epic, known as the ‘untamed African MTB race’, attracts the top competitive riders from around the globe as well as amateurs to test their strength and endurance over eight days, working with each other and with the elements cycling across Cape leopard territory. It is a…
Monday, 16 May 2016 09:09

City Cat’s Long Walk to Freedom

City Cat’s Long Walk to Freedom
Over the last year and a half, Dr Laurel Serieys has been with us from her home in LA working on a partnership project. With leopards and other members of the 'big 5' long gone from the Table Mountain National Park and Cape peninsula, other predators have taken up the vacancy they left behind, the caracal being one of them. Laurel’s work is examining the effects of urbanisation on caracals, and investigating how it could also be affecting other wildlife. Her observations have already revealed some fascinating information about these savvy city cats. Here she shares one of those special…
Launching our Poetry Competition, “Is Nature Calling You?”
As you may know, every year the Cape Leopard Trust Environmental Education Project hosts a creative competition. This year we are excited to announce that we are holding an Inter-school poetry competition called "Is nature calling you?" and we are now accepting entries! The deadline for submissions is Friday June 17. THE IDEA BEHIND THE COMPETITION At many of our camps we have noticed that experiences in the wilderness evoke poems from children and young people alike. Watching the sunset through magnificent rock formations in Stadsaal or listening to the birds or the sound of the silence naturally nurtures creative expression. This is why we want…
Earth Day 2016 Child Art Auction Fundraiser at Hotel Verde
Like a hobbit’s burrow, guests made their way down into the magically transformed Hotel Verde basement. Into the warmth and out of the refreshing new rains. African fire drums, marimba band beats, leopard dressed up welcome ladies from Afrodizzyacts, silver candelabra's with 100 flickering warming candles and the magical gentle light of 100 Consolsolar jars welcomed 120 guests to The Cape Leopard Trust's Green Carpet Event in partnership with Hotel Verde. The focus of evening was an exhibition and auction of fourteen incredible children’s art works, as well as two special charcoal leopard drawings donated by local artist Belinda Ardé. On arrival guests enjoyed sparkling…
My experience as an Intern at Cape Leopard Trust
By Hilda Chishamba, Cape Leopard Trust Intern Traveling in the bus for three days, I thought to myself, “Am I making the right decision?” I calmly thought that I was in the bus already so it had to be right. This is a glimpse of my experience as an intern... On the 12 of February, I found myself working at one of the most beautiful places in the world- the Cederberg with the Cape Leopard Trust. I had seen pictures of the Cederberg but I must say pictures do not do it justice. The environmental education team were very welcoming…
In partnership with Hotel Verde, Africa’s first Carbon Neutral Hotel we are hosting a special celebration of conservation, art and poetry on Thursday, 21 April 2016, to mark Earth Day and in aid of our environmental education project. This special evening of entertainment and networking includes a ‘leopard' poetry reading and a sharing by Dr Ian McCallum. Other special guests include Justin Bonello, the ultimate braai master, chatting with us about how he became a passionate leopard conservationist, Trevor Tutu and the 2015 recipients of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, sponsored by Investec Asset Management, Garth Owen-Smith,…
An Epic Finish For Cape Leopard Trust Cyclists
We are pleased to report back that both teams riding the 2016 ABSA Cape Epic on behalf of The Cape Leopard Trust finished the face, each doing exceptionally well in their individual categories and placements. Helen Turnbull and Yvonne Kamp spent the day at Meerendal for the Grand Finale, and got to meet Thomas Oberli and Dirk Pauling of Switzerland in person, and we were privileged to have them spend some time with us as they reflected on their ‘8 Days of Courage’. Thomas and Dirk who run their own charity, ‘Bike2Help’, back in their home country enjoyed a well…
An ‘EPIC’ adventure with Soetendal NGK Primary School
By Hadley Lyners, CLT Environmental Education Coordinator With the Absa Cape Epic underway, The Cape Leopard Trust traditionally seeks to increase environmental education awareness around the survival of Cape leopards along the route of this exciting cycling race. When our CEO, Helen Turnbull, asked the environmental educators whether they knew which school in the Boland area they could spread awareness to, it was an easy decision. Every time we travel with groups to the Cederberg via Wellington, we pass a small, rural school which serves mostly local farmworkers’ children. Soetendal NGK started in the 1980s and initially had just over 150 learners from neighbouring farms…
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 12:34

‘How Lucky Are We?’

‘How Lucky Are We?’
Environmental Education camp in the Cederberg with 2nd year students from Centurion AcademyBy Rona van der Merwe We are on our backs in a Cederberg dirt road surrounded by silence on a moonless summer’s night. It is one of those settings, one of those perfect moments where reality meets complete fantasy and whether I open or shut my eyes I am left with an image of stars shimmering above and around me. Someone whispers: “I’ve never seen stars like this before.” All I am left with is: “how lucky are we?” I can fall asleep in this spot, right here, right now. In fact,…

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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Latest News Updates

  • Job Vacancy - Environmental Educator

    The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking a suitably qualified ‘Environmental Educator’ to implement local activities (eco clubs, presentations and day trips) and to implement environmental camps in the Boland and Cederberg. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about nature and enjoys teaching and facilitating activities with children and…
    Written on Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:06
  • The Cape Leopard Trust Appointed ABSA Cape Epic Official Charity

    The Cape Leopard Trust Appointed ABSA Cape Epic Official Charity

    We are thrilled to announce that The Cape Leopard Trust has secured a three year partnership with the ABSA Cape Epic. Four official charities will be aligned to the event for the next three years, and as well as the Trust include Anna Foundation, Qhubeka and Laureus Sport for Good…
    Written on Monday, 23 May 2016 11:09

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