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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:26

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 away in Cape Town, Bryan quickly alerted Jaco van Deventer at CapeNature who dispatched Martin van Tonder (Acting-Conservation Service Manager) at Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve to deal with the leopard. Martin and a colleague quickly got some kit together to go to the aid of the rather upset leopard. Unfortunately no…
The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) is a research and conservation NGO, based in the Western Cape. It uses research as a tool for conservation, finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict and inspiring interest in the environment through an interactive and dynamic environmental education programme. The Education Project is looking for interns to help with its environmental camps in the Cederberg during its camp seasons in 2015. We run environmental camps from our campsite at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the Cederberg, a mountain wilderness area in the Western Cape about 4 hours north from Cape Town. The camps cover a broad base…
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:43

Experiences of a CLT Intern in the Cederberg

Experiences of a CLT Intern in the Cederberg
By Edenne Kapinga Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, I came to South Africa because I was attracted to nature. I was convinced to find an appropriate environment to learn more about nature. Currently completing my NDiploma in Nature Conservation, I was looking for the perfect place to start my nature conservation application. That is when I found the Cape Leopard Trust. Coming straight from Johannesburg, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what the Western Cape would be like. I remember thinking that it felt different - almost as if I was in another country. The…
Opulent Living is proud to announce that the recent Cape Leopard Trust fundraising luncheon and auction curated and executed by Opulent Living Experiences was a major success! The fabulous and fun-filled day raised an outstanding R592,000! All the proceeds of the auctions will go towards The Cape Leopard Trust.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:43

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 the pure beauty of nature, and spend Christmas with special people around you.
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. Children from schools all over Cape Town had entered, and we even had schools from as far out as Piketberg and Velddrif submitting entries. All were unique and stunning, some with very vivid and moving stories to tell and the judges were certainly put through their paces when it came…
Dr Ian Player passed away peacefully on Sunday, 30 November 2014. He leaves behind a conservation legacy that will most likely never be surpassed.  Wilderness, and its deeper meaning, was synonymous with Ian and his ability to use the wilderness as a teaching tool, enabling him to touch and change numerous lives young and old, many of whom  became ambassadors for wilderness areas the world over.  The close relationship he had with Maqubu Mtombela his close companion in Zululand was an inspiration to many young rangers growing up in South Africa, who emulated his dedication and passion for conservation.  Dr Ian McCallum, one of the…
Monday, 01 December 2014 07:50

Go wild with festive gifting made easy

Go wild with festive gifting made easy
Christmas is coming, and we all like to go a bit wild at this time of year when it comes to buying a special gift for the people and animals that matter. Why not monkey around at our online shop for a whole host of festive gift ideas where we offer some great ideas to suit friends and family, as well as leopards. Head over to >> shop.capeleopard.org.za
Kwêla presenter, André Weideman, visits the Cape Leopard Trust’s Boland research team in the Du Toitskloof mountains. Here he learns more about how they conduct their research – from collecting leopard droppings to camera trapping and leopard tracking with telemetry equipment. André also learns about the Environmental Education project and how the SA Mint supports this aspect of the Trust’s work through the donation of a percentage of the sales from their new Leopard Coin, the first set in the Nocturnal Hunters collection of the Natura series.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:08

Nature Art Takes Centre Stage

Picture by Charlien van Schalkwyk from Hoërskool Veldrif
Excited children, parents, educators and friends joined The Cape Leopard Trust on Saturday afternoon, 15 November to celebrate the winners of an environmental art exhibition and auction at the Green Point Urban Park Biodiversity Education Centre. The event was the culmination of an art competition called 'Nature Matters', which yielded some incredible results from young artists from schools and communities around Cape Town. The young artists interpreted in their art pieces how they sense their connection with nature and leopards, and the standard of work submitted was phenomenal. Over 120 entries were received from a diversity of schools from Cape…

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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