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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…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:11

Insight from an Intern - A Camp to Remember

Residents from the Camphill Village, West Coast arrived in the Cederberg on the 7th of March 2013. I honestly did not know what to expect. For those who don’t know, Camphill Village is home to a group of special needs adults with a variety of challenges. It is a place of inspiration, offering a farm style village environment where the residents participate in making the various dynamics of the village work. From baking bread and growing vegetables, to running the dairy, the residents contribute towards creating a sustainable living from the resources available, and it has proved so successful that the fresh produce not only…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:19

April 2013 Mystery Animal Competition

April 2013 Mystery Animal Competition
For the wildlife wizards out there, see if you can spot and correctly identify the mystery animal in our picture. The winner of this month's competition will receive a moisture manager top courtesy of our sponsors K-Way.  Good luck with the guessing! All entries must be sent to: The competition closes on Friday, 26 April. 
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 06:32

March 2013 Photo Competition Winner

March 2013 Photo Competition Winner
Congratulation to Debbie Lewarne who is the lucky winner of a mixed case of Leopard's Leap wines and one of their special braai recipe books. Debbie correctly identified a 'large spotted genet' in our March photo. Keep an eye out for the April challenge coming soon.
The new Boland research vehicle sponsored by Avis – a Toyota Hilux 2.5 SRX
Back in September 2011, Avis South Africa pledged their support to the Cape Leopard Trust, by sponsoring the Boland Project the use of a Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4x4 for research in the Boland mountains. The Boland researchers covered over 30 000 km in this eye-catching vehicle, criss-crossing their study areas of the Limietberg, Jonkershoek, Hottentots-Holland, Groenlandberg and Kogelberg mountains as well as the surrounding towns. Avis has once again given its support by renewing this vehicle sponsorship, and the Boland project is now the proud custodian of a new Toyota Hilux 4x4! This sponsorship from  Avis is invaluable, since a…
Unspotted: One Man’s Insane Search for Africa’s Most Elusive Leopard
Leopards are rare creatures. Trust me, I know. I spent 3 years as a guide tracking these elusive animals through some of the most remote areas of South Africa. But perhaps the rarest of all the leopards in Africa sits ironically right on my doorstep here in Cape Town. Less than 100 kilometres from the city, the majestic Cederburg rises up into the sky, and it’s here in this mountain range where some of the last remaining Cape leopards reside. I’ve always held a private fascination with Cape leopards, so when I received Justin Fox’s short story in the mail…
For all you wildlife whiz kids, there are only two days left to take a guess at this month's mystery animal. The competition closes at the end of this week, 22 March 2013, and the lucky winner is in line to receive a mixed case of 6 special wines and a unique Leopard's Leap braai recipe book to make the best of those Cape autumn weekends.   >> Click here for more information. This gift has been very kindly sponsored by our big supporters Leopard's Leap wines.
Middle East Conservation Award for Cape Leopard Trust
Earlier this year during a trip to the Middle East, Cape Leopard Trust CEO and founder, Dr Quinton Martins was presented with a special award by the director of the  National Wildlife and Research Centre (NWRC) on behalf of Secretary General, HH Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia. Quinton was recognised for his assistance and support of the Arabian leopard conservation initiative and joins the likes of snow leopard research legend Dr Rodney Jackson in the plight to conserve this rare and threatened cat.

Latest News Updates

  • Children's Art Competition Entries Open

    Children's Art Competition Entries Open

    The Cape Leopard Trust invites young aspiring artists from across the Western Cape enter the Cape Town Youth Art Competition. The Cape Leopard Trust encourages schools, partners, supporters, youth NGO's, members of the public, education department representatives and tertiary institutions to participate in 'Nature Matters'. Entrants can submit a painting,…
    Written on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:42
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    SA Mint Gives Leopard Conservation a Boost with the Launch of the 'Natura Series'

    As South Africa celebrates its twenty years of democracy, SA Mint has paralleled this remarkable journey by documenting the most significant milestones of the country's cultural and natural heritage through the circulation of legal tender coins, as well as the timeless craftmanship of collectible gold coins that are highly sought…
    Written on Monday, 13 October 2014 08:48
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