The Cape Leopard Trust - Using research as a tool for conservation & finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict

Scientific Publications

The Cape Leopard Trust has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed academic articles. These contributions are vital to improving the strategic management of the ecosystem in which we work. Scientific papers also assist other researchers in their efforts on a global level.

  1. Ropiquet, A., Knight, A.T., Born, C., Martins, Q., Balme, G., Kirkendall, L., Hunter, L., Senekal, C. & Matthee C.A. (2015) Implications of spatial genetic patterns for conserving African leopards. Comptes Rendus Biologies 388(11), 728-737 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crvi.2015.06.019)
  2. Murgatroyd, M., Underhill, L.G., Rodrigues, L., Amar, A. (2016) The influence of agricultural transformation on the breeding performance of a top predator: Verreaux’s Eagles in contrasting land use areas. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 118(2), 238-252 Download (Research partially funded through a grant by The Cape Leopard Trust to M.M.)
  3. Aspects Of The Ecology Of Leopards (panthera Pardus) In The Little Karoo, South Africa - A Thesis Submitted In Fulfilment Of The Requirements Of Doctor Of Philosophy Of Rhodes University Department Of Zoology And Entomology By Gareth Mann February 2014. Download
  4. Martins, Q. & Harris, S. (2013). Movement, activity and hunting behaviour of leopards in the Cederberg mountains, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology, pp. 1- 9.
  5. Martins, Q., Horsnell, W.G.C., Titus, W., Rautenbach, T. & Harris, S. (2011). Diet determination of the Cape Mountain leopards using global positioning system location clusters and scat analysis.Journal of Zoology 283, 81-87.
  6. Fröhlich, M. (2011). Studying the foraging ecology of leopards (Panthera pardus) using activity and location data: an exploratory attempt. Masters Thesis. Download
  7. Martins, Q. (2010). The ecology of the leopard Panthera pardus in the Cederberg Mountains. PhD Thesis, University of Bristol.
  8. Rautenbach, T. (2009) Assessing the diet of the Cape leopard (Panthera pardus) in the Cederberg and Gamka Mountains, South Africa. Master's Thesis, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa (Scholarship provided by the Cape Leopard Trust). Download
  9. Lindsay, P. (2008) A spatio-temporal analysis of the habitat use of leopards (Panthera pardus) in the Karoo biome of the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa. Honours Thesis, University of Cape Town, South Africa (in collaboration with the Cape Leopard Trust). Download
  10. Parsons, S., Smith, S.G.D., Martins, Q., Horsnell, W.G.C, Gouse, T.A., Streichera, E.M., Warrena, R.M., van Helden, P.D. & van Pittiusa, N.C.G. (2008) Pulmonary infection due to the dassie bacillus (Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex sp.) in a free-living dassie (rock hyrax—Procavia capensis) from South Africa.Tuberculosis 88, 80-83. Download
  11. Martins, N. (2006) Conservation genetics of Panthera pardus in South Africa: Phylogeography of mitochondrial lineages. Master's Thesis, University of Bergen, Norway (Scholarship provided by the Cape Leopard Trust). Download
  12. Martins, Q. & Martins, N. (2006) Leopards of the Cape: Conservation and Conservation concerns. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 63(5), 579-585. Download

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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