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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,…
Time in Nature with Witzenberg Primary School
The Cederberg Mountains meet with the Wolsey kidsBy Hilda Chishamba, Cape Leopard Trust 2016 Intern As part of the environmental education done by the Cape Leopard Trust, we hosted 16 Witzenberg primary school kids at Majtiesrivier Nature Reserve. The group arrived and set up camp at the Tok Tokkie Campsite. It was the first time camping for most, if not all the kids. The kids were full of energy and excited for the fun filled activities that were lined up for the camp. We started camp with a visit to Stadsaal heritage site. The group was treated to an informative but fun lesson on…
Friday, 11 March 2016 10:06

2016 ABSA Cape Ready to Roll

2016 ABSA Cape Ready to Roll
As the countdown begins in anticipation of this year’s premier mountain bike challenge, we would like to take this opportunity to send special good luck wishes to the two teams cycling on behalf of The Cape Leopard Trust. Local South Africans, Rory Mapstone and Wayne McDuling, as well as Switzerland’s Thomas Oberli and Dirk Pauling, are putting their physical and mental endurance and ultimately muscle to the test in support of our work. The much anticipated 2016 ABSA Cape Epic event covers a distance of 652km. Though slightly shorter than in previous years, the race includes more collective climbing for…
Monday, 22 February 2016 15:30

Pledging to Save Water

Pledging to Save Water
By Catherine Kühn Our first Cape Leopard Trust/Thrive eco-club for the year started off well with a visit to the Baviaanskloof river in Hout Bay. We had a full bus consisting of 15 children and 6 adults. Children from Kronendal, International school of Hout Bay and Disa Primary all joined for an afternoon's walk up the hill. The environmental theme for Thrive this year is water and so the outing was focused around conserving water and the different ways we can help to save water. The children hiked all the way up what looked like a dried up river but when we reached the waterfall, we…
Swiss Team Preparing for Their First Leopard Epic
Dirk Pauling and Thomas Oberli of Swiss charity  'Bike2Help' will be riding the ABSA Cape Epic 2016 in support of The Cape Leopard Trust. Thomas and Dirk, both accomplished triathletes and have participated in 3 Iron Man World Championships and through participation in the Epic supported Big Tree activities in 2009, 2010 and 2013. It is an impressive record, but they still have to work hard to prepare for what is said to be the toughest mountain bike race in the world, traversing a course of over 800km in distance and more than 15,000m of accumulated climbing. The ABSA Cape Epic is the most televised mountain…

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

  • Earth Day 2016 Child Art Auction Fundraiser at Hotel Verde

    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…
    Written on Monday, 25 April 2016 15:07
  • My experience as an Intern at Cape Leopard Trust

    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...…
    Written on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:59

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