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Cango Wildlife Ranch & Cheetah Preservation Foundation Assist Cape Leopards
A big thank you to Tammy Moult and the team at Cango Wildlife Ranch for their generous donation of R10,000.00 to the Cape Leopard Trust.  Our Karoo researchers Bogdan Cristescu and Kristine Teichman paid a special visit to receive the cheque on our behalf. The Cheetah Preservation Foundation was founded in 1988, with the principal aim of ensuring the survival of the cheetah and other endangered species, as well as educating visitors about the plight of endangered animals.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 16:02

A prickly affair

The porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) is the largest rodent in Southern Africa. It is nocturnal and  mainly eats bulbs, roots, fruit, bark and seeds.
The advancement of remote-sensing camera trap technology has presented wildlife biologists with an ideal new tool kit to study secretive and nocturnal animals. But camera traps are not only a hit with scientists, the latest nature enthusiasts are farmers and private land- owners who are purchasing these high tech-toys to see which animal critters stroll by the tent when camping, who it is that inhabits the big burrow dug at the side of the road, or to just simply to record the diversity of animals on their farm or plot. The CLT Boland Project team supports and encourages land-owners, private nature reserves and conservancies to buy…
Monday, 12 August 2013 20:22

Cederberg camera survey complete

Cederberg camera survey complete
Corlé Jansen and Arné Stander joined the Cape Leopard Trust in November last year to help Quinton Martins start up a long-term camera trapping survey in the Cederberg. Using individual spot and rosette patterns of the leopards captured Corlé will be able to determine to what extend leopard densities in the Karoo differ to that of the Fynbos biome. The first survey runs for a year collecting seasonal data and will be compared to results of Quinton’s PhD using data from 2004 - 2007. Arné will in turn be investigating prey activity between seasons. The two students have been dedicated…
Monday, 12 August 2013 20:19

Oom Schalk does it for the cats

Oom Schalk does it for the cats
There was a sharp intake of breath amongst the audience as 'Oom Schalk' delivered the sad final line of 'In the Withaak's Shade', one of Herman Charles Bosman’s African tales about a leopard. In a special performance last Tuesday evening in support of The Cape Leopard Trust, stage actor, David Muller, set the scene as Oom Schalk Lourens at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg to perform a collection of stories by Bosman, considered one of South Africa’s best short story writers. Despite wet and cold weather, the audience of over 100 people enjoyed a night of cultural wonder learning about the fascinating lives of the good people in…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:56

Every Time You Shop - Give Something Back

We thought it was time we gave the 'My School, My Planet, My Village' campaign some kudos for its incredible support to projects and initiatives across South Africa including The Cape Leopard Trust. Since the beginning of 2013, 'My Planet' has raised over R6000.00 for The Cape Leopard Trust. For those of you out there who don't know the value of becoming a card carrying member of the scheme, it is a painless way to assist worthwhile organisations by swiping your card at various partner stores while you shop - and the good thing is that it doesn't cost you…
'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!

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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  • Exciting Environmental Education

    Exciting Environmental Education

    See what our youngsters get up to at one of our environmental education camps through the eyes of our ‘Moonwalking Bear’. Who says nature is boring, especially not when combined with the global moonwalking bear phenomenon! Bookings open for the new season.   For availability email elizabeth@capeleopard.org.za and don't forget to spot the bear...
    Written on Friday, 30 January 2015 08:57
  • Last Leopard Release of 2014

    Last Leopard Release of 2014

    Early on the last Sunday morning of 2014, our Programme Manager, Bryan Havemann, received a telephone call from a concerned farmer, in the Ashton area to say he had come across a leopard that had accidentally got itself trapped in a cage intended for caracal capture. Being quite a distance…
    Written on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:26

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