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Monday, 06 October 2014 10:56

Donations for the Den

The Cape Leopard Trust will be taking on a Cape Town field office from Monday 13 October. We are looking for donations of office equipment to help us furnish the new den. Our wish list is 3 desks or tables that can be used as desks an upright file cupboard or any other cupboards a printer/scanner an upright fan a shelf unit and some chairs. If you can help with any of these items, please contact our project coordinator, Helen on 076 522 1201.
Friday, 03 October 2014 17:12

Go well Quinton, and thank you

The Cape Leopard Trust bids a fond farewell to our CEO, Dr Quinton Martins, co-founder of the Cape Leopard Trust. Quinton officially left the organisation at the end of September to plan for his relocation to the USA where he has been offered an incredible opportunity to join the Snow Leopard Conservancy based in California.   This is an awesome new adventure for Quinton, contributing towards his vision and desire to establish an international network connecting mountain cat conservation across the globe. The Trustees and staff would like to acknowledge Quinton's contribution, which has made The Cape Leopard Trust what it is today, with a focused and committed team to take the…
Friday, 19 September 2014 18:01

Ultradog to the Rescue

Ultradog to the Rescue
The Cape Leopard Trust and Conservation South Africa would like to say a big thank you to Francois Ebersohn of Nola and Foodcorp, manufacturers of the 'Ultradog' veterinary range of dog food.  Francois and his Cape Town counterpart, Morne Smit, answered our desperate plea for help on behalf of the Namaqua Cape Leopard Trust/Conservation South Africa project with their commitment to supply enough dog food to feed our newest 'predator protectors' until the end of this year. The Namaqua project is doing important work partnering with Woolworths assisting farmers to implement sound sustainability principles in meat production. As part of…
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:16

In the Golden Light of the Leopard

In the Golden Light of the Leopard
Dear Cape Leopard Trust Supporters, Thank you for your loyal support over the years. I wanted all of you to know of my decision to step down as head of the CLT after 11 years of working on the project and setting it up in the Cederberg. The time has come for me to take on a new challenge in my life. Elizabeth and I will be moving to California next year where I will be joining the Snow Leopard Conservancy (, and working with pioneer snow leopard researcher and conservationist, Dr Rodney Jackson. I see this as an incredible…
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:22

Leopard den sponsorship needed

With our dedicated bookkeeper, the expansion of the education project into Cape Town, and a project about to start up in Table Mountain National Park, its time for The Cape Leopard Trust to have a base to work from. We think we have found the perfect 'spot', and we are looking for a company or an individual who might be interested to sponsor our den for sum of R4000 per month. Anyone interested in this opportunity to support the trust is asked to contact project coordinator, Helen by email [email protected] on 076 522 1201
Monday, 01 September 2014 14:23

In the field with Steve Winter

A few of Steve Winter’s famous images. Clockwise from top left: snow leopard; tiger; mountain lion; jaguar
Wildlife camera trap photography has been with us for a good few years now. Countless research organisations, conservation institutions and private landowners all over the world use camera traps to catch glimpses into the secret lives of shy and nocturnal creatures. Anyone who has ever set a camera trap knows that you need to get the basics right in order to get a decent, clear image of your subject. But if there is one person who has absolutely perfected the intricate art of camera trapping, it is National Geographic photographer, Steve Winter. Steve is a world-renowned wildlife photojournalist who has…
Tune in to SABC3 on Monday 1 September for the next episode of 'Hayden Quinn South Africa' at 9.30pm. Surfer, marine biologist, WWF SASSI ambassador and Australian Master Chef finalist visits South Africa to taste the best of what the country has to offer in partnership with the Woolworths sustainability journey. In this thirteen part series Hayden visits top food producers and conservation initiatives around the country with a special focus on sustainability, environmental awareness and animal welfare. His next stop is Gamkaberg Nature Reserve where he meets and interviews Dr Quinton Martins on the work of The Cape Leopard…
Leopards Leap Family Vineyards Hosts Successful Fundraiser to Celebrate Ten Years of The Cape Leopard Trust
Local celebrity chefs, business executives, trustees and friends gathered on Saturday, 16 August at a gala function at Leopards Leap Family Vineyards in Franschoek in celebration of ten years in conservation for The Cape Leopard Trust. Dr Quinton Martins shared anecdotes of his experiences and expressed his thanks, especially to the board of trustees, who from humble beginnings believed in his vision, and whose dedication lies at the heart of what has been achieved since 2004. The day culminated in a charity auction which raised over R500,000.00, which will allow the trust to continue its vital work in predator and…
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…

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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