Chavoux Luyt

Community Outreach Officer: Chavoux Luyt
Community Outreach Officer: Chavoux Luyt

Chavoux grew up on a livestock farm in Southern Namibia and discovered his love for animals and nature in his childhood. Living alongside predators like leopards and caracals was part of farming as he knew it. Later Chavoux pursued a BSc (Zoology & Computer Science) through UNISA while managing a cattle farm in Bushmanland, South Africa.

He completed his MSc(Conservation Ecology) at Stellenbosch University, focusing on the habitat preferences and sustainable stocking rates of Bontebok in the Bontebok National Park. Subsequent to this Chavoux took a different path for a few years working in Cape Town as an IT software programmer. He was then involved with the early stages of the Namaqualand Project of the Cape Leopard Trust through partners, Conservation South Africa (CSA). This was followed by work at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and N/a'an ku sê Wildlife Research in Namibia. During this time Chavoux started a 'Farming with Predators' research project for his PhD on the human-wildlife conflict on commercial farmlands in Namibia, involving leopards, cheetahs, caracals and black-backed jackals. He is currently working on the final corrections of his thesis.

Chavoux joined the CLT Cederberg team as Community Outreach Officer in April 2019. He is looking forward to putting his experience and skills to the test working with farmers to find solutions to farmer-carnivore conflict in the area and understands that farmers and communities are crucial to the future survival of the unique Cape Leopard.

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