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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:50

The waiting game

The waiting game
All those familiar with camera trapping – be it as a hobby or for research purposes – would know that patience really is a virtue…  In January this year our Boland team was contacted by Jannas Du Plessis from Ceres for some camera placement pointers. His aim was to capture a photo of a leopard in the surrounding mountains. It is known that these ghost-like cats do roam the rugged Skurweberge around Ceres, and once or twice a year one is sighted along the historic Michell’s Pass… But Jannas was bitten by the “camtrap bug” and his holy grail was…
Celebrating the Riel Dancers of Wupperthal
The Cape Leopard Trust would like to congratulate our partner Bushmanskloof and 'Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers’ on their recent success at the 19th annual International Performing Arts Championships in Long Beach, California. The 17 strong Trappers team won 29 gold and silver medals in total, and the Riel band took the overall trophy. Born out of Khoi and San traditions, Riel dance is an important part of indigenous culture in which leopards have a special reverence. Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers are supported by Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg, and actively managed, choreographed and coached by the reserve’s Executive Chef and…
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:42

Annual Art Competition Countdown

Annual Art Competition Countdown
Calling all budding young artists out there, we have but a few days remaining for you to send us your pictures to enter our annual art competition which will close promptly this coming Friday, 24 July. The theme this year is ‘Predators of the Cape’, so there are lots of interesting animals that fall into this category. The competition is open to anyone under the age of 18, and there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. The winning twelve pictures will help to create a 2016 calendar, which will be officially printed by CTP Printers…
Monday, 13 July 2015 08:58

CLT Holiday Club Rocks Kirstenbosch

CLT Holiday Club Rocks Kirstenbosch
The Cape Leopard Trust and our ‘holiday club; group from Manenberg, had the privilege of having a Miss Earth finalist join us on our environmental outing to Kirstenbosch on Monday. Andrea Von Gunten, works for CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers), so she was a perfect partner to join us on our day in the world renowned gardens.   The weather on Monday was perfect and the day as spent walking around Kirstenbosch while learning about the various rare and endangered flowers which Andrea told us about. The group had done a lot of hiking the week before, including a…
Calling fashionistas to share their spots​
An inspiration for fashion followers around the globe, leopard spots continue to be a timeless and classic inspiration for top designers. In a new initiative to raise awareness of leopard conservation, Panthera has partnered with Peace Parks Foundation in the Furs for Life Leopard Project, providing a simple and sustainable solution that protects leopards but also supports local African culture.  Collaborating with top digital designers, high-quality and realistic faux leopard skin will replace the authentic skins worn at ceremonies. More than 5,000 faux leopard capes have already been donated in southern Africa, and thanks to the partnership with the Peace Parks Foundation…
Leopard Signboards take root in the Winelands
Cascade Country Manor in Paarl is one of a growing group of private land owners to take delivery of a ‘leopards in the fynbos’ interpretive signboards. Owner Maika Goetze invited The Cape Leopard Trust staff to see the sign in place, and to visit the office space kindly sponsored by Maika and her husband Volker for the Trust's Environmental Educator, Catherine Kühn. The new office gives the CLT a broader presence in the Boland, and Cascade Manor will partner with the CLT to host some of the local environmental education programmes as well as a fundraising sport based event. The…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:03

Roaming in the mountains of the leopard

Roaming in the mountains of the leopard
The Cape Leopard Trust Environmental Education project runs residential wilderness camps in the Cederberg. Hadley Lyners, one of our two educators, reflects on his experiences from the first season: As you read this the first camp season of 2015 is already over with 10 camps completed for the year so far between February and May. It came and went as quick as a wink. I often remark to our participants how camps go by so quickly, and I agree entirely with the sentiments of the saying, “Funny how time flies when you are having fun”. There was no shortage of fun this time around as…
The Cape Leopard Trust 2015 Fundraiser - Wine, Art, Conservation
We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our 2015 fundraiser, which will be hosted by our sponsor and loyal partner Leopards Leap Family Vineyards in Franschoek on Saturday, 15 August. An entertaining and fun filled luncheon with delicious food created by resident chef Pieter de Jager, assisted by culinary counterparts Michelle Theron of Pierneef La Motte, Christo Pretorius of the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, and Floris Smith of Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, will be paired with exquisite Leopards Leap wines. The lunch will be followed by a fundraising auction, with the first item to…
Bridgestone sponsored Cape Leopard Trust & Die Coetzee Ateljee Prize Camp at Matjiesrivier, Cederberg
The winning school from last year’s art competition, Die Coetzee Ateljee, recently went for their much anticipated Cape Leopard Trust Environmental camp in the Cederberg. Die Coetzee Ateljee is a specialist art school in Piketberg, run by owner and avid artist, Karin Coetzee. Her students won numerous prizes for their exceptional art and also secured the overall first place winning a camp in leopard country - in this case the CEDERBERG! This is a personal account by CLT Environmental Educator, Catherine Kühn, who had the privilege of sharing this special journey with them. The children were extremely excited when I…
Calendar Art Competition 2015: Predators of the Cape
The Cape Leopard Trust is pleased to announce its 3rd annual art competition, this year fully sponsored by Bridgestone SA! We are particularly pleased that Bridgestone is continuing to support our art competition, as it was through our partnership with them that the idea for the first one was born. This year’s competition has a broader focus, not just on leopards, but on all predators of the Cape, in acknowledgement of the role of predators in the natural system. Children are invited to submit their artworks exploring this theme. The winning 12 artworks will be used to create a 2016 calendar. Judging by the quality of…

The Cape Leopard Trust Trapping Techniques

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Latest News Updates

  • The waiting game

    The waiting game

    All those familiar with camera trapping – be it as a hobby or for research purposes – would know that patience really is a virtue…  In January this year our Boland team was contacted by Jannas Du Plessis from Ceres for some camera placement pointers. His aim was to capture…
    Written on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 14:50
  • Celebrating the Riel Dancers of Wupperthal

    Celebrating the Riel Dancers of Wupperthal

    The Cape Leopard Trust would like to congratulate our partner Bushmanskloof and 'Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers’ on their recent success at the 19th annual International Performing Arts Championships in Long Beach, California. The 17 strong Trappers team won 29 gold and silver medals in total, and the Riel band took…
    Written on Monday, 03 August 2015 09:25

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