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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…
Sunday, 07 October 2012 09:22

Two more Boland cats in the bag!

Two more Boland cats in the bag!
The Boland trapping team’s hard work and lack of sleep was recently rewarded with the successful capturing and collaring of two more Boland leopards! The owners and staff of Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve have overwhelmed the CLT team with their hospitality and logistical support during the first phase of the trapping activities. Apart from sponsoring accommodation, they also saw to it that everyone was well fed and that there were helping hands on deck to help monitor trap signals throughout the night. Klipbokkop has been closely involved with the Boland Project since it started in March 2010, and the owners also…
Thursday, 27 September 2012 03:21

Catch me if you can!

Catch me if you can!
The CLT Boland Project has recently embarked on yet another exciting chapter in their research on Cape leopards (Panthera pardus) in the Boland study area. Jeannie Hayward is currently enrolled for a PhD degree at the University of Cape Town, her study aiming to determine leopard home ranges, diet, feeding habits, and fine-scale habitat use for leopards in the Boland. These data will be used to ascertain the effects of landscape fragmentation, human habitation and habitat alteration on leopard ecology and behaviour, establishing immediate and long-term threats that might be of concern to the species and its habitat. In order…
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 03:56

Adventures in the Cederberg

Adventures in the Cederberg
The Grade 7 class from the ZenzeleniWaldorfSchool in Khayelitsha have returned home after a four-day camp in the Cederberg sponsored by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. It was not the first camp for their teacher, Tinashe, who brought his Grade 7s to us for a camp in 2009, the first year the CLT’s education project started even before we had our own campsite set up. Tinashe is so taken with the environmental camps that he is planning to set up a similar programme when he returns to Zimbabwe,  “It was such a good challenge for them, getting to the…
An insight into Black eagles behavior like never before!
The end of August saw the GPS-tagging of the second adult Black eagle for my study. The GPS unit which we are using weighs 40g, just 1.25% of the body weight of the lightest eagle we have tagged so far. It has the ability to track the eagle up to every 3 seconds – this will give us very valuable high resolution data on the movements and behavior of the eagles. My research is comparative and the purpose of the GPS tracking is to pick up on behavioral differences between eagles in the Sandveld, which has seen a massive land transformation for agriculture, and eagles in…
Friday, 31 August 2012 05:22

Cape Leopards on Paardeberg!

Cape Leopards on Paardeberg!
Nestled between the agricultural regions of Paarl, Wellington and the Swartland, just 12km north-west of PaarlMountain, lies the rocky granite outcrop of Paardeberg. The Paardeberg is a privately owned mountain and various land-owners with mountain land form the Paardeberg Conservancy, which is housed within the Paardeberg Sustainability Initiative (PSI). The view of Paardeberg (middle of the picture) from the western peaks of the Limietberg.  Groenberg lies to the left, with Table Mountain in the far distance The CLT Boland Project researchers Jeannie Hayward and Anita Meyer have previously received information that leopard footprints and scats (droppings) have occasionally been observed…
Thursday, 30 August 2012 03:52

Honda SA power Cape mountain leopards

Honda SA power Cape mountain leopards
Honda SA is not new to supporting conservation. Last year they made a significant contribution to Birdlife SA - view article. Now it is time for the leopards to benefit! Fieldwork in remote areas like the Cederberg take a massive toll on vehicle longevity, while fuel and maintenance costs on rugged off-road 4x4 vehicles is one of our biggest expenses on the project.  The sponsorship of a new Honda TRX 500cc 4x4 quad-bike with a value of R82,000 for the Cederberg leopard and caracal research has been a major bonus. Quinton Martins has seen how fantastic these vehicles are after using them on this research…

Latest News Updates

  • Bookings now open for 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser

    Bookings now open for 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser

    2014 marks the tenth year since the founding of The Cape Leopard Trust and to celebrate this significant milestone 'Opulent Living Experiences' has been chosen to curate and execute an event aimed at raising much needed funds for the trust. The fundraiser will be in the form of a relaxed,…
    Written on Friday, 25 July 2014 08:25
  • Reflecting on my ongoing journey with The Cape Leopard Trust

    Reflecting on my ongoing journey with The Cape Leopard Trust

    After 300 days of working with The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) as environmental educator, I feel the need to reflect on what can only be described as an incredible journey. Infected by the enthusiasm of the dedicated CLT colleagues and equally great participants of the education programme I find myself more enthusiastic than…
    Written on Friday, 11 July 2014 11:43
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