The Cape Leopard Trust relies heavily on sponsorship support and values its positive partnerships with corporations, trusts, private companies and individuals.Without this assistance we would struggle to continue our efforts in leopard and broader biodiversity conservation. Our various research projects assist academic institutions and aim to impact positively on society and farming communities to promote a better understanding of all matters relevant to ethical predator management as well as predator ecology. Our environmental education project plays a vital role in the lives of school learners and other groups using its Cederberg base camp as a catalyst for experiential learning, exposing children and young people to the wonder of nature, fostering a better understanding of the natural environment. It is only through the generous backing from conservation-conscious people and organisations that we are able to continue doing the work we do.
There are a number of ways that companies and individuals can become part of our vision. As a public benefit organisation donating to The Cape Leopard Trust offers a tax benefit, and it is an easy way to fulfil the required corporate social responsibility mandate. Links with our prominent partnerships with high street names offer an added advantage.
We are grateful for any contribution, no matter how big or small, and when it comes to saving the environment every bit helps. Here are a few suggestions, but please feel free to contact us if you have other creative suggestions and bright ideas.
The Adopt-A-Spot Programme is an affordable sponsorship option that allows you a ‘bite size’ and affordable opportunity to support the research and conservation work of the Cape Leopard Trust by making a donation that will be used towards the purchase of much needed equipment, such as a leopard collar (R50,000), a remote field camera (R5000), or the air time downloads necessary to monitor leopard activity. We will send you an ‘adopt a spot’ certificate confirming that you have made a once off pledge for the project for a year. It is an easy way for schools, corporate companies and private individuals to participate in this important conservation project as well as an ideal gift for a good cause to help us save Cape leopards.
We can always find innovative ways to link our brand with yours and we will always endeavour to give value in exchange for your commitment to the trust.
The Cape Leopard Trust is grateful for the generosity of private individuals, families and trusts that make contributions to the project. No matter how big or small the amount, every cent goes to ensuring that the Cape Leopard Trust can continue to conserve the incredible biodiversity found in the Cape mountain ranges.
The data we receive from our sponsored camera traps helps us to better understand the ecology of leopards in our project areas. We have collected thousands of leopard photographs and tens of thousands of photographs of other animals. These data help with determining leopard densities, activity, habitat preferences as well as obtaining baseline data on other mammals occurring within their area. These data also contribute to MammalMap, helping to map mammal distribution throughout Africa, an effort run by the Animal Demography Unit at UCT and initiated by the Cape Leopard Trust.
A camera trap costs R4500 to sponsor per annum and will be used to gather further data in one of our study sites. We acknowledge each camera sponsorship by placing the sponsor’s name on the website and sending an update every six months.
As part of our marketing and fundraising strategies, the Cape Leopard Trust offers a range of merchandise that promotes the project and increases the presence of our organisation. By purchasing an item from our store, you play a pivotal role in helping us raise much needed funds to drive our conservation efforts, as well as promoting the marketing of the Cape Leopard Trust.
The Cape Leopard Trust requires a great deal of items to keep the projects running. We are not funded by the state, and apart from monetary donations, we are very grateful for contributions in the form of research equipment/materials, vehicles and other field gear to keep us operational. We have devised a wish list to highlight our needs on a yearly basis and listed the details for each of the items. As items are sponsored, we highlight them and add the sponsor’s name to these.
We often get requests from people or families who want to leave a lasting legacy by assisting the Cape Leopard Trust through a conservation-orientated bequest. Funds an deceased estate can be entrusted to the Cape Leopard Trust, which will be designated to the various projects to be spent on research and conservation.