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Book your Spot for the Hottest Date in Town
Though winter has us in its icy grip, there’s nothing better than getting warm enjoying good food and wine in the company of two special Cape Town chefs. The Cape Leopard Trust 12th anniversary fundraiser luncheon will be held in Franschoek on Saturday, 20 August at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Renowned chefs, Justin Bonello and Pieter de Jager, get creative in the spectacular Leopard’s Leap kitchen preparing a fresh and fabulous feast with a twist; menu ingredients will all be sourced from local suppliers, some of whom will be there to share their personal food journeys. A series of unique…
A cat amongst the pigeons – or in this case rabbits
Dr Laurel Serieys of the Urban Caracal Project shares this story with us of a lucky caracal called ‘Prospero’, who was found caught by his paw in a lethal trap. Fortunately help was on hand. The Urban Caracal Project is a sister project supported by The Cape Leopard Trust. It is currently raising funds to continue its work through a crowdfunding campaign. Only 8 days remain to make a donation using the following link – and make a difference to the caracals of Cape Town: https://experiment.com/projects/the-urban-caracal-project-exploring-how-wild-caracals-persist-in-a-rapidly-urbanizing-landscape We released Propsero from his chains, but will he stay free? By Laurel Serieys This…
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:52

Curiouser and curiouser…

Curiouser and curiouser…
Camera traps have become quite common-place. Many avid nature enthusiasts own one or more units and excitedly plan the next location to put their camera and then eagerly await their next photo of a little-seen animal. Also called trail cameras, it was originally designed as scouting cameras for the hunting industry. But, their value was soon realised by naturalists and since the early 1990’s camera traps have revolutionised wildlife research and conservation. Camera traps allow researchers to collect photographic data of illusive, nocturnal species in remote areas in a noninvasive and comparatively affordable manner. Currently there are a myriad of different camera makes and models on the…
Aardvark Holes, Stok-Broodtjies and Lumi Bands
The story of our camp with Adam’s Farm HomeBy Environmental Educator, Catherine Kühn In March this year our education team held a sponsored camp for a group of nine women from Adam's Farm Home. The home in Plumstead is a permanent residence for intellectually disabled adult women and is run by a dedicated team of nurses and staff. Towards the end of last year, I visited the home and presented a Cape Leopard Trust talk... As in all cases where we give a presentation, the school/group/listeners are captivated by the information in the presentation and want to know more about our work at the CLT. I was flooded…
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…

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

  • Book your Spot for the Hottest Date in Town

    Book your Spot for the Hottest Date in Town

    Though winter has us in its icy grip, there’s nothing better than getting warm enjoying good food and wine in the company of two special Cape Town chefs. The Cape Leopard Trust 12th anniversary fundraiser luncheon will be held in Franschoek on Saturday, 20 August at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards.…
    Written on Monday, 18 July 2016 10:46
  • A cat amongst the pigeons – or in this case rabbits

    A cat amongst the pigeons – or in this case rabbits

    Dr Laurel Serieys of the Urban Caracal Project shares this story with us of a lucky caracal called ‘Prospero’, who was found caught by his paw in a lethal trap. Fortunately help was on hand. The Urban Caracal Project is a sister project supported by The Cape Leopard Trust. It…
    Written on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:57

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