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Environmental Educator - Cape Leopard Trust The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking a suitably qualified ‘Environmental Educator’ to manage and run its new Cape Town based education programme as well as occasional camps in the Cederberg. The candidate must hold a valid code 10 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 Education Project Coordinator the key performance areas are: Good leadership skills Facilitating hikes and outdoor activities Group management and mentoring Conducting presentations and visits to schools Creating…
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:09

A big bird needed to help fly a bike

California based Leopard Cycles has kindly donated one of its legendary light carbon frames to The Cape Leopard Trust to auction at our August fundraiser. The big challenge is - we have to get it to Cape Town. We are appealing to any of our leopard fans who may be flying south across to SA in the next few days to see whether someone may be willing to assist us with coordinating its transportation.  The space has to be secured with the airline, but it should not cost anything if it fits into the conventional luggage allowance. If you think…
Bookings now open for 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser - Saturday 16 August 2014 hosted by Opulent Living Experiences & Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards
2014 marks the tenth year since the founding of The Cape Leopard Trust and to celebrate this significant milestone 'Opulent Living Experiences' has been chosen to curate and execute an event aimed at raising much needed funds for the Trust. The fundraiser will be in the form of a relaxed, sophisticated luncheon hosted at the well-known Leopard‘s Leap Family Vineyards, located in the picturesque Franschoek Wine Valley. A charity auction will feature an array of sought after lots, including: A Luxury 6 night African safari experience by Wilderness Safaris including Namibia’s beautiful and desolate Skeleton Coast; A Brilliant 3 night…
Reflecting on my ongoing journey with The Cape Leopard Trust
After 300 days of working with The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) as environmental educator, I feel the need to reflect on what can only be described as an incredible journey. Infected by the enthusiasm of the dedicated CLT colleagues and equally great participants of the education programme I find myself more enthusiastic than ever about what can still be achieved by the educational programme in the Cederberg and in the areas around Cape Town. I have already learned so much about nature, places and most importantly the people taking part. One of my favourite quotes by Nelson Mandela is that “education is the most powerful…
Friday, 27 June 2014 08:45

Vets go wild in Wupperthal

The children queue up to get a good view
Sometimes The Cape Leopard Trust gets a request for assistance from other worthwhile projects, and this one really appealed to us. When vet Annelize Roos contacted us to say she and a team of helpers were heading out to the Cederberg on a mass domestic animal sterilization drive in the communities around Wupperthal we immediately committed our support. Pets can make a positive difference to people living in difficult conditions, but if these animals are left to breed freely because people can’t afford to sterilize them, we know our wild animal populations will feel also be impacted. This is the…
Jaclyn and Hadley with staff at Hi-Tec Access Park taking delivery of new hiking boots
Hi-Tec is known globally for its outdoor apparel, especially its durable and hard wearing walking boots. When in the Cederberg and on day trips around Cape Town, participants in our programme are required to undertake some challenging walks in the mountains in order to see the best of the spectacular landscapes around us. Our environmental educators do their best to inspire and teach these youngsters to appreciate the mountains and the rich biodiversity found there.   In this situation good footwear offers valuable support for feet and ankles helping to keep us and our youngsters safe and mobile when negotiating difficult…
To all of our enthusiastic project supporters out there – we will soon have a new addition to the CLT family this year. Laurel Serieys is a post-doctoral student from the USA. Based with the University of Stellenbosch she will be leading an urban caracal study sponsored by The Cape Leopard Trust in the Cape Town and Boland region. She is seeking subsidized or sponsored accommodation in the South Peninsula areas or Southern suburbs – something small with some space for equipment storage, and a place to park a CLT vehicle. Her research in Cape Town will focus on tracking caracal to study how urbanization…
Monday, 09 June 2014 12:15

Lending a helping hand

Jeannie doing VHF telemetry in the Kogelberg
Non-profit organisations like The Cape Leopard Trust are reliant on the goodwill and support of the public and private sector, and we are indeed fortunate that there are so many people and companies willing to pledge their assistance to a cause that lies close to their hearts. This was recently highlighted when the Boland team needed help with an aerial tracking flight to find a certain leopard in the Boland mountains. Locating a collared leopard on the ground using VHF telemetry can be very challenging in mountainous regions, because you need to be in line of sight of the signal…
Sunday, 08 June 2014 21:37

Skilpad says it with Flowers

We are always humbled and grateful for partners willing to assist our researchers and students with their important conservation work, and in this case offer them a 'home from home' so that we know our visitors are well looked after while assisting us away from their loved ones. We would like to thank 'Skilpad Flowers' accommodation for its willingness to grant us partial accommodation sponsorship for the Predator Ecology and Coexistence Experiment (PEACE). 'Skilpad Flowers' is operated by Gloudine and Nathan Agenbag and is located a hop, skip and a jump from Skilpad Office in Namaqua National Park, one of the…
Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:06

New Avis Cat On The Block

Elizabeth Martins and Jaclyn Stephenson get the key to the door from Daniel Kerslake of Avis Cape Town.
The Cape Leopard Trust has recently taken delivery of a new Polo Vivo 'Blue Motion' courtesy of our awesome partners Avis. The new vehicle is already out on the road visiting schools and being guest of honour at local events as our new leopard ambassador. The environmentally friendly 'Blue Motion' technology means that the engine is fuel efficient and it purrs as it drives around Cape Town promoting our environmental education programme. Environmental Educators Elizabeth Martins and Jaclyn Stephenson took delivery of the new foxy feline last month, and with its striking design we are sure it will make a…

Latest News Updates

  • Are you the one? A spot has opened up for a new environmental educator

    Environmental Educator - Cape Leopard Trust The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking a suitably qualified ‘Environmental Educator’ to manage and run its new Cape Town based education programme as well as occasional camps in the Cederberg. The candidate must hold a valid code 10 driving license, be physically fit, have…
    Written on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:50
  • A big bird needed to help fly a bike

    California based Leopard Cycles has kindly donated one of its legendary light carbon frames to The Cape Leopard Trust to auction at our August fundraiser. The big challenge is - we have to get it to Cape Town. We are appealing to any of our leopard fans who may be…
    Written on Monday, 28 July 2014 12:09
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