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.
With the amount of people interested in sponsoring a leopard, and too few animals to go around, the Cape Leopard Trust devised a way of allowing more people access to more detailed information on a leopard through the adoption of a spot. The Adopt-A-Spot Programme allows you "time-share” in one of the leopards under the research of the Cape Leopard Trust for a period of one year. The cost of adopting a spot is just R500 per annum. In return, you will receive a digital gift certificate and the Cape Leopard Trust will send you photographs and news on our leopards on a quarterly basis. Your name will also appear on the website as a spot sponsor for the year of your sponsorship. A leopard can have over 500 spots, which equates to over R250,000.00 worth of sponsorship each year per leopard if we manage to get all of its spots adopted. This is a fantastic opportunity for the public, schools and corporations to get involved in a sponsorship drive.
The Spot adoption currently revolved around the life of the female leopard F10 also known as “Spot”. A leopard can have over 500 "spots", which would equate to over R250 000 worth of sponsorship every year per leopard if we manage to get all of the spots adopted. Here we follow the life of Spot, her cubs, the males in her area and any other relevant information.
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 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 occuring within their area. These data also contribute to MammalMap, helping to map mammal distribution throughoutAfrica, an effort run by UCT and initiated by the Cape Leopard Trust.
A camera trap costs R3600 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 sponsors name on the unit for a period of one year.
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.