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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 has a chance to win up to R50 000 if we can get the most votes in the My School My Village My Planet Vote4Charity competition. It is really quick and easy. All you have to do is go to this website and log in with your MyPlanet card number and some personal details: Fingers crossed our supporters will turn out in numbers!
Latest update from the Predator Ecology and Coexistence Project – All in a day’s work
Fieldwork in the Namaqua National Park and surrounding farmlands has gotten off to a good start! The CLT Predator Ecology and Coexistence project (PEACE) team were busy in December and January setting over 75 trail cameras in caracal, black-backed jackal and leopard habitat to scout the best sites for trapping these predators. After discovering a travel route routinely frequented by an adult leopard, Quinton Martins made his way up to the study area for a few nights to lend his expertise on leopard capture techniques. The second night of trapping we received a signal that the trap had been triggered and, sure enough, a massive…
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:55

An Epic thank you

The Cape Leopard Trust would like to extend a special thank you to the cycling teams who rode the 2014 ABSA Cape Epic in support of our leopards. Alison and Darrell Jones all the way from Alberta, Canada, Siyabonga Njiva and Xolani Mthetwa from the Kargo Mountain Bike Team, KZN as well as the team from Hansgrohe. The Cape was certainly a challenging host this year with weather conditions that tested the skill of every rider that took part in the event. Well done to you all for taking on the world's toughest mountain bike race and venturing bravely into leopard…
Meet Jaclyn and Yvonne - two new members of our team
The Cape Leopard Trust is proud to announce the addition of two new staff. Jaclyn Stephenson is our new environmental educator and joins Elizabeth Martins and Hadley Lyners to expand the reach of the environmental education project. Jaclyn is based in Cape Town and her presence there will allow us to offer our well-respected programme to more schools around the city and suburbs, increasing existing capacity for presentations, nature day trips and camps. Yvonne has joined us as much needed part time trust administrator and is fast whipping our paperwork systems into shape. She will work alongside project coordinator, Helen…
Team Kargo and Canada race for Cape Leopards
Two  young cyclists from the Kargo cycling team will be taking on the challenge of the 2014 ABSA Cape Epic in aid of our leopards. Siyabonga Njiva is a full time member of the Kargo team and has been mentored under the wing of Shaun Peschl of Peschl Racing . He already has 2 completed Cape Epics under his belt , so his experience will certainly come in to play with his team mate, Xolani Mthetwa, experiencing his first Epic event. Both athletes have undergone intense training with Shaun over the last 4 months, and they are now more 100% ready.…
Thursday, 20 March 2014 08:09

Thank you to Tsogo Sun, Waterfront

Thank you to Tsogo Sun, Waterfront
The Cape Leopard Trust wishes to thank Tsogo Sun, Waterfront for recently assisting Dr Bogdan Cristescu with overnight accommodation during a brief trip to Cape Town. GM Jeff Rosenburg and his staff arranged for Bogdan to enjoy one night in a comfortable bed, a rare treat in the course of his research work. Dr Cristescu has joined us from Alberta, Canada to work on the Karoo project, which currently means lots of sleepless nights monitoring animal activity.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 03:27

World Wildlife Day by the United Nations

Monday 3 March was proclaimed the first ever World Wildlife Day by the United Nations, and to mark the occasion Dr Quinton Martins was invited as a special guest to join SA's top breakfast lifestyle show 'Expresso' for their 'Mandela Monday' slot. Here is his interview:
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:11

Asanda’s Camp

When a story is good it should be told… Asanda Msuthu is a passionate young woman who took part in the intensive Young Adult Rites of Passage Program run by the NGO ‘I am Somebody!’ over the past two years. The Program uses nature solos and storytelling to support young adults from diverse backgrounds in making and marking a change in their lives. ‘I am Somebody!’ has partnered with the Cape Leopard Trust education programme during this time, with the CLT hosting and sponsoring two of their camps through a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. In September I received an ‘I…
Monday, 10 February 2014 18:51

Operation 'Collar Search'…

Operation 'Collar Search'…
Cape leopards roam massive territories in the rugged mountains of the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape. In order to better inform management plans and conservation strategies for this species, we need to learn more about their habitat requirements and movement patterns, and sometimes this means fitting GPS satellite collars to certain individuals. However, the collar should not stay on that animal for the rest of its life. Modern collar technology allows for automatic release mechanisms (called drop-offs) to be built into the collar belting, allowing the collar to “drop off” after a specified duration of time. This is of course…

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

  • Hoofweg Primary hike Lion’s Head, Experience from a Volunteer

    Hoofweg Primary hike Lion’s Head, Experience from a Volunteer

    This past Thursday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to tag along on The Cape Leopard Trust’s hike to Lion’s Head with the Hoofweg Primary School, one of the eco-schools from Wesbank. As a Communications intern, I was thrilled to be able to take part in conservation efforts that…
    Written on Monday, 28 September 2015 09:12
  • A Heritage Month Thank You

    A Heritage Month Thank You

    It seems appropriate as we celebrate Heritage month to thank Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for their recent donation to the Urban Caracal Project. The natural heritage of the Cape is legendary, so too is the world’s 7th Natural Wonder, Table Mountain. We are proud that Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:02

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