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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…
Thursday, 10 January 2013 04:44

Cycling in a pink tutu for the Cape leopard

Piet van Heerde in his pink tutu cycling along the Bottelary road
Early on Saturday morning, 8 December 2012, motorists and cyclists along Bottelary road were treated to the singular sight of a big guy cycling on a single-speed bike, wearing a white t-shirt with the words “Cape Leopard Trust” in bold black letters printed on the back and...a pink tutu!! This spectacle was the result of a challenge set to Piet van Heerde, a member of the Land Cruiser Club of Southern Africa (LCCSA), by some of his fellow club members after purchasing a bicycle with the same name as their favourite off-road vehicle...a simple, black, single-gear Cruiser. After one LCCSA…
Thursday, 10 January 2013 02:32

Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2012
If you are interested to know what the Cape Leopard Trust projects were keeping themselves busy with during the course of 2012 and what plans are in the pipe line for 2013 and beyond, please download the digital version of the report from our website. The report is filled with information on each individual research project, the educational project and our vision going forward. Maps, graphs and images completes the picture and we hope that after reading this you will understand the importance for continued research in the field, conservation in general, environmental education and the further growth and development…
I came to Cape Leopard Trust to complete a 3-month internship as part of my continued South African Game Ranger career enhancement.  My goals were two-fold, to become involved in the on-going research and to assist with the eco-school camps.  I quickly learned how to set up and breakdown the campsite for school groups.  Trying to teach kids how to put up tents can be challenging. Demonstrating how to put up a tent  Learning about the various animals of the Cederberg was enjoyable as it allowed me to provide presentations and answer questions from students about animal behavior and habits. …
The Cape Leopard is half the size of others in South Africa and very little is known about them. We put a camera in the Cedarberg to capture one.
Monday, 29 October 2012 06:42

Children Help with Predator Research

I hear the Land Cruiser engine outside. It’s Quinton, back from his flight. Was he successful, I wonder?  He comes in beaming, “I got them all! And you won’t believe where Patch is…” Quinton rushes over to the computer to download the GPS data to take a look at where the young male leopard, M17 “Patch”, has been moving for the past four months. He also downloads the data that he got for F5 “Lizzie” the female leopard, and the male caracal, MC3 “Klonkies”. “Oh my word, come check this out! Look where Klonkies has been cruising!” The two most…
Fundraiser at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
The Cape Leopard Trust Annual Fundraiser was held at the prestigious Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek. It was an evening of delectable food and wine with the purpose to raise funds that will aid in continuing the work done by the project. A big thank you to everyone who attended this splendid occasion.  We would especially like to thank Leopard's Leap Wine for hosting the 2012 Charity Fundraising Auction and helping us raise funds toward the research and conservation of the Cape leopard in the Western Cape. Furthermore, we wish to thank the sponsors of all the auction items…

Latest News Updates

  • Countdown to The Cape Leopard Trust 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser

    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…
    Written on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:23
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    A Big Thank You to UPS with our Leopard on Wheels

    We would like to extend a special thank you to Jasen Smallbone and the team at UPS SCS South Africa for their outstanding service and assistance with a rather unusual 'leopard' that had to get to South Africa as soon as possible. The special Leopard 29'er carbon cycle frame had…
    Written on Monday, 11 August 2014 08:05
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