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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…
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 11:29

City Cats

City Cats
Every weekday morning in Cape Town more than two million people begin their daily routine. The freeways that surround the slopes of the mountain are clogged with traffic. As commuters head to work they are probably oblivious to the close proximity of a predator. A caracal stands on the side of the four-lane M3 highway. It’s a young adult male and while the city’s been sleeping, he’s spent the night in the suburbs, looking for new territory and hunting rodents. Now he’s trying to run the gauntlet of speeding cars and get back to the sanctuary of Table Mountain National Park. He takes a chance and dashes across, but although caracals are one…
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 08:53

A Wild Adventure

A Wild Adventure
As the new year dawns, the Cape Leopard Trust bids a fond farewell to Bryan Havemann as he heads north to take up his new assignment as General Manager at the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Bryan has been our Programme Manager over the last year and a half, making sure our teams out in the field are equipped with what they need in order to safely conduct their research, and he was always willing to help if a challenge arose. We know his heart is really in the bush veld and this was an opportunity he could not afford to…
Friday, 18 December 2015 08:30

Bridgestone Prize camp 2015

Winners from this years’ art competition entitled ‘Predators of the Cape’ were all treated to an environmental camp in the Cederberg in November. This time of the year is when temperatures are meant to be hot… We had 19 participants consisting of talented young artists and their friends. A few young artists from Die Coetzee Ateljee in Piketberg had already been on a prize camp with us earlier this year but this did not stop them from being excited for yet another camp! That is what the Cederberg does to people, it has the ‘I will come back factor’ because there is just so much…
Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:13

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!
Our Cape Leopard Trust team will be taking a year-end break and our office will be closed from Wednesday 16 December to Monday 11 January. We wish all of our friends and supporters a blessed, fun-filled and wonderful festive season. Be safe on the roads, and see you in 2016!
Environmental Education: Internship positions 2016
It is that time of the year again when the Education Project is looking for interns to help with its environmental camps in the Cederberg during its camp seasons in 2016. We run environmental camps from our campsite at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the Cederberg, a mountain wilderness area in the Western Cape about 4 hours north from Cape Town. The camps cover a broad base of topics related to the environment and personal development. They generally run for three to five days for groups of 10 – 30 people. It is a self-catering set-up and groups have their own…
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 08:20

On top of the world to say thank you

On top of the world to say thank you
On a spectacular evening on the final day of November, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company hosted The Cape Leopard Trust and some very special guests to an unforgettable evening of drinks and canapés at the Lookout Deck, an open air function facility at the Lower Cable Station. It was certainly a night to remember. Over the years we have got to know amazing partners and friends who have supported our work, helping us to protect the Cape’s leopards and incredible biodiversity. Sabine Lehmann and her team at Table Mountain Aerial Cableway have recently become a sponsor of the Urban Caracal project and purchased…
Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:51

Making a difference in style!

Making a difference in style!
With The Cape Leopard Trust being an Associate Charity of the ABSA Cape Epic, our CEO Helen Turnbull, thought it appropriate to pay it forward and sponsor a presentation and day-outing for a local Elgin school during the time that the Cape Epic was based in the area earlier this year. And so our relationship with Applewood Preparatory School started. After an inspirational day in the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, teacher Jane Moodie, booked a school camp in the Cederberg and suggested that the school raise funds towards the sponsorship of a camera trap for the area close to the school. The school is situated in…
The Cape Leopard Trust Education Project Gets New Wheels
Helen Turnbull, CEO, Environmental Educator, Catherine Kühn, and Education Project Coordinator, Nicole le Roux, travelled out to the Paarl Winelands recently to visit the Avis office there. Catherine had received news that it was time to return her current vehicle as a new replacement was ready for her to collect, so we thought we would all take the opportunity to join her on the day to mark the special occasion. It was quite strange to see the new vehicle drive out onto the road, an exact replica of the current Avis branded Polo Vivo! We made sure to include the…
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:02

Cape Leopard Trail Run 2015

Cape Leopard Trail Run 2015
On a sunny October Saturday in Paarl the Cape Leopard Trust launched its inaugural Trail Run in partnership with Cascade Country Manor, set in the spectacular surrounding countryside. Over 140 runners took part in the event, and despite the early weekend start the enthusiastic athletes were already lining up just after 5.30am to register. Three trail courses of 5km, 15km and 20km were available to choose from, and after all the intricate planning over the last few months it was fantastic to see the runners on the starting line anxious to set off. There were some serious competitors amongst the crowds, and the winner of the…

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

  • Swiss Team Preparing for Their First Leopard Epic

    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…
    Written on Monday, 01 February 2016 12:41
  • City Cats

    City Cats

    Every weekday morning in Cape Town more than two million people begin their daily routine. The freeways that surround the slopes of the mountain are clogged with traffic. As commuters head to work they are probably oblivious to the close proximity of a predator. A caracal stands on the side of the four-lane M3 highway. It’s…
    Written on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 11:29

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