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Friday, 01 March 2013 07:21

What's new in the Education Project?

Children setting off on a CLT camp, packing their bags into the trusty trailer with much excitementChildren setting off on a CLT camp, packing their bags into the trusty trailer with much excitement

The dawning of a new year brings with it a new camp season in the Cederberg, along with the some fresh new equipment, people and ideas.

We are very grateful for our new 7ft trailer (‘Ayla the Traila’), generously sponsored by a fairy godmother who wishes to remain anonymous. Thanks also to Venter for providing us with a substantial discount that made it all possible.

The CLT Education Project has two new interns who will be working with us for the first camp season. Callum Clark brings with him a passion for nature, a guide’s qualification and a particular interest in birds. Wonga Nongqotho has a special love for the Cederberg, a thorough knowledge of plants and their uses, combined with an infectious enthusiasm. We are very happy to have them as part of the team and hope that they will gain valuable experience from this internship.

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CLT interns, Wonga and Callum

It was a great pleasure to welcome the Botha’s Halte group to our campsite last weekend. The children won a competition run by the ‘Greenfingers Project’ last year, in which they had to create a calendar with leopard drawings. The prize was a CLT camp sponsored through the Witzenberg Municipality by the Essen municipality in Belgium. For most of these farm children it was their first time away from home!

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Children from Botha’s Halte resting on their walk to check a camera trap up in the mountains

One of the highlights for the children was looking through our new binoculars sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation.

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What do you see? Black Eagles maybe…

The CapeLeopard Calendar Competition, sponsored by BridgestoneSA,is now underway and is open to school and club groups in the Western Cape. Entries from two age categories, grade 5 – 7 and high school, are eligible to win a CLT camp for 21 people, as well as 50 of the winning calendars professionally printed. The response from teachers across the region so far has been fantastic and we can’t wait to see what the children produce. We will endeavor to keep you updated. If you would like competition information please email [email protected]

Cape Leopard Calendar Competition Cover page for email

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