The Cape Leopard Trust’s focus on environmental education builds bridges between landowners, farm workers and residents living on the urban fringe so that they can take ownership of protecting the natural environment and biodiversity within their immediate area.
The iconic leopard is used as a catalyst to provoke ongoing communication around the importance of protecting biodiversity, exploring why we should ensure a healthy prey base; understand the threats of alien invasive plants (fire & water-catchment management); question the impact of illegal hunting and the use of wire snares (over-utilisation); as well as the far-reaching effect of poisons and pesticides; habitat loss, species fragmentation and degradation.
We offer a number of environmental education opportunities for young and old. The residential camps in the Cederberg Wilderness host school and youth groups, as well as team building adult groups, connecting them to the wonders of nature, by fostering a greater understanding of eco system services and encouraging them to be good citizens of the earth. We are available to speak at public events or host educational outings. We often participate in popular articles on websites and newspapers, and we post regular news updates on social media platforms.
A recent initiative is the placement of interpretive signboards about leopards & other mammals at selected nature and private reserves, as well as lookout points and lay-bys along popular tourist routes throughout the Boland area. These have been designed, printed and installed by CLT. Interest can only be stirred by making information available. Our wish is to see more citizen participation, resulting in a change of behaviour that leads to conservation action. Working together to create a healthy future is our ultimate goal. We encourage you to get involved!