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

Research Techniques

The Cape Leopard Trust is a research-based organisation that utilises a variety of research techniques to gain a better understanding of the ecology and behaviour of the animals we study.

By gathering invaluable data, we can make informed decisions, based on scientific fact. These data can be applied to areas of resource conservation, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and further research.

This section looks at some of the research techniques adopted by the Cape Leopard Trust.

The Cape Leopard Trust Trapping Techniques

Trapping wild animals is an invasive process unavoidably causing the captured animal stress and a risk of injury. Trapping therefore needs to be justified i.e. benefits of trapping must outweigh the risks. click here.

Camera traps

Cape Leopards are notoriously shy and elusive, and extremely few people have been lucky enough to see one, and when they do it is usually only a short glimpse. Fortunately, there is a solution – digital cameras, containing an infrared sensor triggered by motion and heat (referred to as a camera trap). To read more about the camera trapping techniques we use, click here.

Dietary analysis

As part of the research we conduct on leopards in our project areas, we collect scats for dietary analysis. Through these studies we are able to determine what prey items are favoured by leopards which also have important management implications for this big cat. To read more on dietary analysis, and to find out what forms part of Cape leopards’ diets, click here.

 

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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  • A cat amongst the pigeons – or in this case rabbits

    A cat amongst the pigeons – or in this case rabbits

    Dr Laurel Serieys of the Urban Caracal Project shares this story with us of a lucky caracal called ‘Prospero’, who was found caught by his paw in a lethal trap. Fortunately help was on hand. The Urban Caracal Project is a sister project supported by The Cape Leopard Trust. It…
    Written on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:57
  • Curiouser and curiouser…

    Curiouser and curiouser…

    Camera traps have become quite common-place. Many avid nature enthusiasts own one or more units and excitedly plan the next location to put their camera and then eagerly await their next photo of a little-seen animal. Also called trail cameras, it was originally designed as scouting cameras for the hunting industry. But, their…
    Written on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:52

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