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'A night out with 'Oom Schalk' - This is a last chance to secure seats for a special evening of storytelling at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on Wednesday, 7 August.   Join us in the company of master actor David Muller as we enjoy the famous "Oom Schalk Lourens" tales of Africa, written by Herman Charles Bosman. With tickets at just R100 and some attractive raffle prizes from our sponsors for one or two lucky winners, what better way is there to spend a winter's night than to gather together for some unique entertainment. Telephone the box office at the Masque Theatre…
Oom Schalk Gala Fun'raiser for The Cape Leopard Trust
Please join The Cape Leopard Trust for an evening of classic storytelling with acclaimed local actor, David Muller, weaving magic as Oom Schalk, with a selection of much loved tales from Herman Charles Bosman. Mampoer, veldskoen, pipe and all! All profits from the evening go to The Cape Leopard Trust. The show 'OOM SCHALK, FROM THE HEART', has been traveling the country and will be performed at the Masque Theatre in August. Here are a few comments from the audiences: The theatre critic Amanda Bothma wrote, “The combination of Bosman, a master story teller, most probably the best southern Africa…
Monday, 24 June 2013 10:36

Another Boland cat collared

Sunset over the Elgin valley, home to the male leopard Popeye
The CLT Boland Project has been researching the elusive Cape leopard in the Boland mountains since March 2010. The project kicked off with a large-scale camera trapping survey using about 90 digital remote-sensing cameras. Cameras were placed along hiking trails, dirt roads and jeep tracks in CapeNature and City of Cape Town nature reserves, private land and water catchment areas from Bain’s Kloof southward along the Limietberg, Jonkershoek-, Hottentots-Holland and Kogelberg mountains to the coast at Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. Although leopards roam widely and are very adept at moving around in their rugged mountain habitat, they often utilise trails…
Camera trap in action
Wherever humans overlap predator ranges there is inevitably potential for direct or indirect harm to wildlife and human livelihoods. Coexistence between predators and humans on shared landscapes is possible, but requires close scrutiny of mitigation methods that have surprisingly up to now received little attention in terms of scientific testing. This is a good time to introduce our new team. Having recently arrived from Canada to work with the Cape Leopard Trust, Bogdan Cristescu and Kristine Teichman have committed 3 years to tackle this sensitive issue. Kristine and Bogdan have travelled and carried out research in Africa before coming here to begin this new CLT project and…
Friday, 14 June 2013 09:50

May 2013 Mystery Animal Winner

May 2013 Mystery Animal Winner
Well done to all of you who correctly answered the May mystery animal competition and recognised that the creature in the picture was a caracal or 'rooikat'. Our lucky winner - Felix Kuku from the Freestate - received a very welcome winter jacket from our generous sponsors 'Hi-Tec'. It couldn't have come at a better time with the colder weather well and truly with us. However, there is a silver lining to the inevitability of the darker mornings and evenings. we will soon be announcing a new competition to brighten up the winter days - so watch this space!
Launching the "Wildlife of the Winelands Research Experience"!
The Cape Winelands is known for its outstanding wine and exquisite food, but what about its secretive wildlife? Join the Cape Leopard Trust’s Boland-based researchers, and spend a ‘day at the office’ with them as they search for signs of the elusive Cape mountain leopard and other animals that share their world. The day starts with morning coffee at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards and a short presentation by the researchers explaining their work in the Boland area. Learn how to recognise a leopard ‘spoor’ as well as the tracks and signs of other fascinating animals. This is an opportunity to…
Maybe, maybe not - This month's Animal Challenge
You might think this is an animal you would see often when going out for a walk. Can you guess the May mystery animal? Easy peasy - or not? All entries to be sent to [email protected] by Wednesday, 29 May.
April's Lucky Winner all Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed
We are thrilled to announce that Henry van der Schyff is the winner of last month's mystery animal competition, and against all odds correctly identified a Hewit's Red Rock Rabbit in our April picture. This month's wildlife puzzle really was a tough one and 'outfoxed' many of our entrants. The most common answer suggested that the mystery animal was a black back jackal hiding behind the rocks.  Well done and thank you to everyone who entered and get ready to rumble for our next challenge coming soon.
Friday, 03 May 2013 01:08

To Catch a Ghost

The southeaster trying its level best to blow all the water out of the sea!
Cape mountain leopards are extremely elusive and shy, not to mention occurring in very low densities. When telling people that part of our research entails the capture of leopards to fit them with satellite GPS collars, the response is often loaded with envy about this exciting job. Capturing a leopard is certainly a thrilling prospect, but most people don’t realise the amount of behind the scenes time, effort, resources and sheer determination that go into catching such a ghost-like animal. To start with, a male Cape leopard typically has a territory of anything between 200-600 km2, but in order to…
Monday, 22 April 2013 02:43

Cape Leopard Calendar Competition

Cape Leopard Calendar Competition
Monday 22nd April is Earth Day, an appropriate day to be announcing the winners of the CLT Cape Leopard Calendar Competition! Initiated and sponsored by Bridgestone SA, this inspiring competition was open to all schools in the Western Cape and distributed primarily through WESSA’s successful Eco-schools initiative. The sought after first prize is a fully sponsored Cape Leopard Trust environmental camp in the Cederberg valued at R14 000. Prizes 1st Prize: 3-night Cape Leopard Trust Camp in the Cederberg plus goodies plus 50 calendars2nd Prize: Cape Leopard Trust Day Trip plus goodies3rd Prize: Art materials plus goodies The concept of…

The Cape Leopard Trust Trapping Techniques

icon no trapShort overview of three trapping methods considered by the Cape Leopard Trust as safe and humane

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Latest News Updates

  • A Christmas Wish for Our Stars

    A Christmas Wish for Our Stars

    The team at The Cape Leopard Trust would like to take this opportunity the wish all of our partners, friends and supporters a peaceful and happy festive season. As 2014 comes to an end, we hope each and every one of you will have chance to take time out, appreciate…
    Written on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:43
  • Outstanding Results from Youth Art Competition Nature Matters

    Outstanding Results from Youth Art Competition Nature Matters

    The Cape Leopard Trust recently held an awesome prizegiving event for the Art Competition “Nature Matters” at the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Education Centre in Greenpoint on Saturday, 15 November. On reflection, we were all overwhelmed by the positive enthusiasm and the standard of art works that were submitted.…
    Written on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:43
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