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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 05:29

Explore and Learn - Cape Leopard Trust’s Holiday Program

Explore and Learn - Cape Leopard Trust’s Holiday Program

The Cape Leopard Trust’s Holiday Program, sponsored by The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), went ahead despite freezing, stormy weather. Clearly everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly despite the adverse conditions. Our young participants, children from varying backgrounds and locations in Cape Town explored corners of their environment that they had never seen before.

Some of the highlights included a fortunate glimpse of the newly hatched Black Eagle chick on Noordhoek Peak, observing the only well behaved troop of baboons on the peninsula, seeing bontebok, a stick insect, a blister beetle, orange breasted sunbirds, golden orb spiders, otter tracks and scats, tiny mushrooms, ostriches, eland, deep damp caves, king proteas, oystercatchers, shipwrecks, old military lookouts, ericas and ancient trees. This led to an entirely different view of our beautiful home in the Peninsula. Despite the cold and the uphill, all who attended went home feeling a little happier to be part of this amazing ecosystem.

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Tracking the Cape Clawless Otter at Olifantsbos.The group managed to follow the tracks of what seemed like a family of otters along the beach for about a km before they went back into the ocean. They also found one of their holts at the mouth of a stream that was littered with crayfish leftovers

These excursions form part of the Cape Leopard Trust’s Education and Outreach initiative and are largely funded through a grant from the NLDTF. Those who can afford it are encouraged to support us by paying a nominal fee for the hikes, or by making a donation to the Trust.

If you would like more information on our Environmental Education Programme please contact Matthew on 0828115934 or

Donation request: The CLT education programme is in need of a good quality water and shock proof point and shoot digital camera to capture images of our field excursions, something like the Nikon Coolpix AW100 for R3750 at Orms Pro Photo Lab. Please contact Matthew if you are able to assist with this.

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