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Successful September as more leopards collared in the Cederberg
The second of Cape leopard (Panthera pardus) M 18, have been caught and was collared with highly sophisticated Iridium satellite collars for research purposes in less than a month at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg, by Dr Quinton Martins and his team from The Cape Leopard Trust(CLT) and CapeNature - #Nature#Conservation #Wildlife Full story to follow.
The Cape Leopard Trust has been named as one of the selected beneficiaries for next years legendary mountain bike race the ABSA Cape Epic ( taking place from 23-30 March in the Western Cape.  In recent years the Absa Cape Epic has partnered with two local charity organisations. This time the race organisation decided to extend similar opportunities to more charity partners going forward starting from next year, which is the tenth anniversary of the race and also coincidentally the Trust. The gruelling event traverses rugged Cape leopard country and is known as the Africa untamed experience with 1200 riders cycling a…
Monday, 23 September 2013 09:20

The Cape's Winter Wonderland

The Cape's Winter Wonderland
The Cape Leopard Trust's Education Project moves from the Cederberg to Cape Town during the winter months (May -August) and busies itself with the enjoyable task of getting people into their natural surroundings.  Even though Cape winters have a bit of a reputation for being hostile our June/July holiday programme remains a popular event. The main aim of this series of hikes in the Table Mountain National Park is to expose a wide variety of young people to a side of Cape Town that is oft kept secret, one that is not often appreciated - its natural winter wonderland. Amongst the many highlights during this…
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour - Get spotted riding for Cape leopards
Entries are now open for the Cape's most famous road race, and why not cycle for the Cape's coolest cats? The Cape Leopard Trust has been accepted as one of the charities listed for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour for 2014. Bookings are now open and we urge our leopard fans wherever you are to ride for us. Find our link at 
Cango Wildlife Ranch & Cheetah Preservation Foundation Assist Cape Leopards
A big thank you to Tammy Moult and the team at Cango Wildlife Ranch for their generous donation of R10,000.00 to the Cape Leopard Trust.  Our Karoo researchers Bogdan Cristescu and Kristine Teichman paid a special visit to receive the cheque on our behalf. The Cheetah Preservation Foundation was founded in 1988, with the principal aim of ensuring the survival of the cheetah and other endangered species, as well as educating visitors about the plight of endangered animals.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 16:02

A prickly affair

The porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) is the largest rodent in Southern Africa. It is nocturnal and  mainly eats bulbs, roots, fruit, bark and seeds.
The advancement of remote-sensing camera trap technology has presented wildlife biologists with an ideal new tool kit to study secretive and nocturnal animals. But camera traps are not only a hit with scientists, the latest nature enthusiasts are farmers and private land- owners who are purchasing these high tech-toys to see which animal critters stroll by the tent when camping, who it is that inhabits the big burrow dug at the side of the road, or to just simply to record the diversity of animals on their farm or plot. The CLT Boland Project team supports and encourages land-owners, private nature reserves and conservancies to buy…
Monday, 12 August 2013 20:22

Cederberg camera survey complete

Cederberg camera survey complete
Corlé Jansen and Arné Stander joined the Cape Leopard Trust in November last year to help Quinton Martins start up a long-term camera trapping survey in the Cederberg. Using individual spot and rosette patterns of the leopards captured Corlé will be able to determine to what extend leopard densities in the Karoo differ to that of the Fynbos biome. The first survey runs for a year collecting seasonal data and will be compared to results of Quinton’s PhD using data from 2004 - 2007. Arné will in turn be investigating prey activity between seasons. The two students have been dedicated…
Monday, 12 August 2013 20:19

Oom Schalk does it for the cats

Oom Schalk does it for the cats
There was a sharp intake of breath amongst the audience as 'Oom Schalk' delivered the sad final line of 'In the Withaak's Shade', one of Herman Charles Bosman’s African tales about a leopard. In a special performance last Tuesday evening in support of The Cape Leopard Trust, stage actor, David Muller, set the scene as Oom Schalk Lourens at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg to perform a collection of stories by Bosman, considered one of South Africa’s best short story writers. Despite wet and cold weather, the audience of over 100 people enjoyed a night of cultural wonder learning about the fascinating lives of the good people in…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:56

Every Time You Shop - Give Something Back

We thought it was time we gave the 'My School, My Planet, My Village' campaign some kudos for its incredible support to projects and initiatives across South Africa including The Cape Leopard Trust. Since the beginning of 2013, 'My Planet' has raised over R6000.00 for The Cape Leopard Trust. For those of you out there who don't know the value of becoming a card carrying member of the scheme, it is a painless way to assist worthwhile organisations by swiping your card at various partner stores while you shop - and the good thing is that it doesn't cost you…
'A night out with 'Oom Schalk' - This is a last chance to secure seats for a special evening of storytelling at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on Wednesday, 7 August.   Join us in the company of master actor David Muller as we enjoy the famous "Oom Schalk Lourens" tales of Africa, written by Herman Charles Bosman. With tickets at just R100 and some attractive raffle prizes from our sponsors for one or two lucky winners, what better way is there to spend a winter's night than to gather together for some unique entertainment. Telephone the box office at the Masque Theatre…

The Cape Leopard Trust Trapping Techniques

icon no trapShort overview of three trapping methods considered by the Cape Leopard Trust as safe and humane

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  • Introducing Our Team

    It’s only on rare occasions that we manage to bring our entire team together, but we got it right recently for our annual team planning meeting. We would like to thank the owner of Nova Constantia Boutique Residence, Edita Batek, and GM Lee Dicks for hosting us on the day…
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    A tough, reliable vehicle is an indispensable tool for many a field biologist. It is no different for the two project coordinators and researchers who run the Boland Project at The Cape Leopard Trust. A research vehicle for us is not merely an automobile that gets us from point A…
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