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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.
Figure 1. Arabian leopard in captivity at the NWRC breeding centre
In January, Cape Leopard Trust founding member and CEO, Quinton Martins, was invited to conduct an Arabian leopard ecology and conservation workshop by the Saudi Wildlife Authority based at the National Wildlife Research Centre (NWRC) in Taif, Saudi Arabia. The Arabian leopard Panthera pardus nimr is classified as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red Data List (2008). A resident population of this rare and endangered subspecies is known to exist in Oman and Yemen, but is unknown for Saudi Arabia. Recent surveys suggest total population estimates of 200 for the entire Arabian Peninsula may be an overestimate. Since 1999,…
Friday, 01 March 2013 11:17

'Mystery Animal' Challenge

'Mystery Animal' Challenge
We are pleased to announce the lucky winner of our first 'Mystery Animal' brain teaser is Richard McKibbin. Richard was the first person to correctly identify the acrobatic 'dassie' caught on camera. But, there are many more weird and wonderful snapshots to entice you with, and to give you a little 'heads up' we can tell you that this month's picture is not the Easter bunny delivering chocolate eggs. The person who correctly identifies the animal in the mystery image will receive a prize, kindly donated by one of our sponsors. The deadline for entries is March 22nd, and the…
Friday, 01 March 2013 07:21

What's new in the Education Project?

Children setting off on a CLT camp, packing their bags into the trusty trailer with much excitement
The dawning of a new year brings with it a new camp season in the Cederberg, along with the some fresh new equipment, people and ideas. We are very grateful for our new 7ft trailer (‘Ayla the Traila’), generously sponsored by a fairy godmother who wishes to remain anonymous. Thanks also to Venter for providing us with a substantial discount that made it all possible. The CLT Education Project has two new interns who will be working with us for the first camp season. Callum Clark brings with him a passion for nature, a guide’s qualification and a particular interest…
Thursday, 21 February 2013 05:00

Meet Enzo, Sheeva and Nala!

Meet Enzo, Sheeva and Nala!
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards recently announced the winner of their “Name the Leopard Campaign”, a competition launched to encourage the public to find names for the three Boland leopards adopted by Leopard’s Leap. Congratulations to Camilo Jacobus from KuilsRiver in Cape Town for his winning entry! The first leopard is an adult male, called BM4 (Boland Male #4 - his research identity number). His colloquial name is now “Enzo”, and he has been photographed by a number of remote-sensing cameras (camera trap) located in and around the Klein Drakenstein and Wemmershoek mountains. One of these camera traps is situated on…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 01:00

CLT Land Cruiser gets Barloworld makeover

CLT Land Cruiser gets Barloworld makeover
The Cape Leopard Trust has projects in some of the most rugged terrain in South Africa, and as such requires tough, reliable vehicles. Our Toyota Land Cruiser (fondly names “Witblitz”) has worked harder than most since it was sponsored brand new in 2007.  With 175,000 km on the odometer and mechanically perfect, the cruiser was looking rather the worse for wear from the wear and tear of bush scrapes taking the paintwork off. In December, Derek Hitchcock, executive of the Barloworld Motorgroup offered to redo the bodywork as a very generous sponsorship from Barloworld Coachworks in Tokai. The car was…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 11:19

Monthly 'Mystery Animal' Challenge

Monthly 'Mystery Animal' Challenge
For all of you wildlife enthusiasts out there, we are offering you the opportunity to stretch your imagination in a new monthly 'brain teaser'. Each month we will select an unusual animal photograph, captured by one of our clever remote trap cameras. As you can imagine, we often have curious and strange 'goings on' out in the wild. The person who correctly identifies the animal in the mystery image will receive a prize, kindly donated by one of our sponsors. This month's giveaway is a year's subscription to 'Environment' magazine. The cutoff date for entries is February 21st, and lucky winner…

Latest News Updates

  • Potential 2014 Eco Warrior Heading to Gauteng for Enviropaedia Awards

    Our CEO, Dr Quinton Martins was recently notified that he is a finalist in the 2014 Enviropaedia Awards in the 'Eco Warrior' category. These Awards, held annually by the Enviropaedia and in partnership with SABC3, are judged by a panel of highly respected, environmental specialists and recognise individuals, communities and…
    Written on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:32
  • 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…
    Written on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:16
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