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Reflecting on my ongoing journey with The Cape Leopard Trust
After 300 days of working with The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) as environmental educator, I feel the need to reflect on what can only be described as an incredible journey. Infected by the enthusiasm of the dedicated CLT colleagues and equally great participants of the education programme I find myself more enthusiastic than ever about what can still be achieved by the educational programme in the Cederberg and in the areas around Cape Town. I have already learned so much about nature, places and most importantly the people taking part. One of my favourite quotes by Nelson Mandela is that “education is the most powerful…
Friday, 27 June 2014 08:45

Vets go wild in Wupperthal

The children queue up to get a good view
Sometimes The Cape Leopard Trust gets a request for assistance from other worthwhile projects, and this one really appealed to us. When vet Annelize Roos contacted us to say she and a team of helpers were heading out to the Cederberg on a mass domestic animal sterilization drive in the communities around Wupperthal we immediately committed our support. Pets can make a positive difference to people living in difficult conditions, but if these animals are left to breed freely because people can’t afford to sterilize them, we know our wild animal populations will feel also be impacted. This is the…
Jaclyn and Hadley with staff at Hi-Tec Access Park taking delivery of new hiking boots
Hi-Tec is known globally for its outdoor apparel, especially its durable and hard wearing walking boots. When in the Cederberg and on day trips around Cape Town, participants in our programme are required to undertake some challenging walks in the mountains in order to see the best of the spectacular landscapes around us. Our environmental educators do their best to inspire and teach these youngsters to appreciate the mountains and the rich biodiversity found there.   In this situation good footwear offers valuable support for feet and ankles helping to keep us and our youngsters safe and mobile when negotiating difficult…
To all of our enthusiastic project supporters out there – we will soon have a new addition to the CLT family this year. Laurel Serieys is a post-doctoral student from the USA. Based with the University of Stellenbosch she will be leading an urban caracal study sponsored by The Cape Leopard Trust in the Cape Town and Boland region. She is seeking subsidized or sponsored accommodation in the South Peninsula areas or Southern suburbs – something small with some space for equipment storage, and a place to park a CLT vehicle. Her research in Cape Town will focus on tracking caracal to study how urbanization…
Monday, 09 June 2014 12:15

Lending a helping hand

Jeannie doing VHF telemetry in the Kogelberg
Non-profit organisations like The Cape Leopard Trust are reliant on the goodwill and support of the public and private sector, and we are indeed fortunate that there are so many people and companies willing to pledge their assistance to a cause that lies close to their hearts. This was recently highlighted when the Boland team needed help with an aerial tracking flight to find a certain leopard in the Boland mountains. Locating a collared leopard on the ground using VHF telemetry can be very challenging in mountainous regions, because you need to be in line of sight of the signal…
Sunday, 08 June 2014 21:37

Skilpad says it with Flowers

We are always humbled and grateful for partners willing to assist our researchers and students with their important conservation work, and in this case offer them a 'home from home' so that we know our visitors are well looked after while assisting us away from their loved ones. We would like to thank 'Skilpad Flowers' accommodation for its willingness to grant us partial accommodation sponsorship for the Predator Ecology and Coexistence Experiment (PEACE). 'Skilpad Flowers' is operated by Gloudine and Nathan Agenbag and is located a hop, skip and a jump from Skilpad Office in Namaqua National Park, one of the…
Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:06

New Avis Cat On The Block

Elizabeth Martins and Jaclyn Stephenson get the key to the door from Daniel Kerslake of Avis Cape Town.
The Cape Leopard Trust has recently taken delivery of a new Polo Vivo 'Blue Motion' courtesy of our awesome partners Avis. The new vehicle is already out on the road visiting schools and being guest of honour at local events as our new leopard ambassador. The environmentally friendly 'Blue Motion' technology means that the engine is fuel efficient and it purrs as it drives around Cape Town promoting our environmental education programme. Environmental Educators Elizabeth Martins and Jaclyn Stephenson took delivery of the new foxy feline last month, and with its striking design we are sure it will make a…
Cederberg celebration marks 10 year anniversary of The Cape Leopard Trust
On a cool autumn afternoon in the Cederberg, over 150 special friends gathered at the Nuwerus Rest Camp for an informal celebration of The Cape Leopard Trust's 10th anniversary. The day started with a choice of conservation based group activities including fossil finding and a Karoo plant meander, a rock art recce, a hike to the spectacular Wolfberg Arch or a leopard tracking bundu bash with the research experts themselves. After a short breather, guests were treated to a wonderful potjie supper and entertainment. Dr Quinton Martins shared the challenges, joys and the people that have been part of his…
Friday, 25 April 2014 09:50

Titus The Phantom Cat

These paw were made for walking!
Captured by a leopard – Hadley Lyners Seven months ago I took up my position as one of the environmental educators for The Cape Leopard Trust. Much like the participants in our education programme in the Cederberg, I must admit that I was excited and hopeful that I might actually get to see a leopard when I first drove into the Cederberg in September of 2013. Let me tell you though, leopards are as elusive as their reputation suggests they are. As the Flagship and Umbrella species in this part of the world, they possess all the qualities that make…
Vote4Charity – Win R50 000 for the Cape leopards
On 7 April 2014 MyVillage MyPlanet kicked off with their national Vote4Charity survey campaign, asking supporters to vote for their favourite charity. The survey doesn’t just provide insights into the kind of charities that South Africans love to support, but is also an opportunity for card holders to win money for their chosen charities. The Cape Leopard Trust is a MyPlanet charity beneficiary and we stand a chance to win cash with the help of our supporters. The Village or Planet charity with the most votes will receive R50 000 cash towards the wonderful work they do on a daily basis. The runner-up receives R20 000 and…

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

  • 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…
    Written on Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:51
  • The Cape Leopard Trust Education Project Gets New Wheels

    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,…
    Written on Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:35

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