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Countdown to The Cape Leopard Trust 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser
A stunning leopard picture by renowned '21 Icons' photographer, Adrian Steirn, is one of the attractive and discerning items that will be up for auction on Saturday at the landmark 10-year anniversary fundraiser being hosted by Leopards Leap Family Vineyards. The lunch will be prepared by 3 Cape Town Celebrity Chefs, Pieter de Jager, Vanessa Marx and Neil Jewell and they will be joined in the kitchen by three celebrities including conservationist and keynote speaker, Braam Malherbe. A luscious three course lunch will be served with Leopards Leap wines, followed by a short auction - with local band, Blackbyrrd, making…
A Big Thank You to UPS with our Leopard on Wheels
We would like to extend a special thank you to Jasen Smallbone and the team at UPS SCS South Africa for their outstanding service and assistance with a rather unusual 'leopard' that had to get to South Africa as soon as possible. The special Leopard 29'er carbon cycle frame had been sent from its home in California to be built at Cyclelab in Tokai in preparation for a 10 year anniversary fundraiser event being hosted by Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards on Saturday, 16 August 2014. This unique cycle is just one of the incredible auction items on offer, and since…
On Vacation with Nature - The Cape Leopard Trust 2014 Holiday Programme
Every year during the mid-year school vacation members of the public have the opportunity to send their children on an adventure with us. This year our theme was ecosystems and looking at fynbos-forest-, dune and wetland ecosystems in particular. Within 2 hours of advertising, India Baird, from NGO Rock Girl booked up all the seats available for 14 young girls aged 11-15 years old, 4 boys from the Jag Runners club and their 2 supervisors from Mannenberg. The area around Mannenberg is plagued by gang violence in the on-going turf wars. Rock Girl started their involvement with Red River Primary…
Nature Matters - The Cape Leopard Trust Launches Cape Town Youth Art Competition
The idea: We want to know what the youth of Cape Town have to say about their environment. And we want to share that with the rest of Cape Town and visitors to the Cape through a high profile art exhibition that also raises funds for the conservation and education work of The Cape Leopard Trust. Cape Town is world-renowned for its natural beauty. We are all part of our environment, but how connected do you feel to the natural world around you and how much do you know about what goes on in the mountains you see every day? Did you know that…
Environmental Educator - Cape Leopard Trust The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking a suitably qualified ‘Environmental Educator’ to manage and run its new Cape Town based education programme as well as occasional camps in the Cederberg. The candidate must hold a valid code 10 driving license, be physically fit, have outdoor experience and a good general knowledge of the mountains around Cape Town, including fauna and flora and hiking routes. Reporting to the Education Project Coordinator the key performance areas are: Good leadership skills Facilitating hikes and outdoor activities Group management and mentoring Conducting presentations and visits to schools Creating…
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:09

A big bird needed to help fly a bike

California based Leopard Cycles has kindly donated one of its legendary light carbon frames to The Cape Leopard Trust to auction at our August fundraiser. The big challenge is - we have to get it to Cape Town. We are appealing to any of our leopard fans who may be flying south across to SA in the next few days to see whether someone may be willing to assist us with coordinating its transportation.  The space has to be secured with the airline, but it should not cost anything if it fits into the conventional luggage allowance. If you think…
Bookings now open for 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser - Saturday 16 August 2014 hosted by Opulent Living Experiences & Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards
2014 marks the tenth year since the founding of The Cape Leopard Trust and to celebrate this significant milestone 'Opulent Living Experiences' has been chosen to curate and execute an event aimed at raising much needed funds for the Trust. The fundraiser will be in the form of a relaxed, sophisticated luncheon hosted at the well-known Leopard‘s Leap Family Vineyards, located in the picturesque Franschoek Wine Valley. A charity auction will feature an array of sought after lots, including: A Luxury 6 night African safari experience by Wilderness Safaris including Namibia’s beautiful and desolate Skeleton Coast; A Brilliant 3 night…
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…

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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