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A camera trap photo of BM30, taken between Eerste and Tweede Tol in Bainskloof. Insert: a photo taken soon after the accident by a passer-by.
On Thursday 16 Feb 2017, a leopard was hit by a car in Bainskloof Pass near Wellington. The animal sustained severe injuries, including a broken back as well as internal trauma, and sadly had to be put down. The Cape Leopard Trust Boland Project was notified of the incident by partner organisation CapeNature, and a CLT researcher inspected the carcass to take various morphometric measurements and some samples. The leopard was a beautiful and healthy adult male. He was known to us from camera trap photos as a territorial male in the larger Bainskloof area, and was referred to as BM30 (Boland Male #30). He was…
Vacancy: Community Outreach Officer in the Cederberg
The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Community Outreach Officer to manage its community outreach programme in the Cederberg district and run its environmental education camps at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the Cederberg. The successful candidate will be physically fit, will have experience in establishing and managing community development projects, will have a solid background in conservation and a good understanding of the functioning of eco-systems. The person must hold a valid code 10/ C1 driving license, be based in the Clanwilliam/Citrusdal area or be willing to relocate at own cost. The incumbent will report to the Environmental Education Project Coordinator. Key…
CLT job opportunity: Cederberg project and research assistant
The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified person to assist the Cederberg Project and Research Manager. This position is based at the Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, Cederberg Wilderness. Please read the attached vacancy notice carefully and note the closing date of 24 February 2017.
Join our team as an intern! 2017 '4 Days Left to Apply!'
Hi Everybody, The Education Project is looking for interns to help with its environmental camps in the Cederberg for the first camp season in 2017. We run environmental camps from our campsite at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the Cederberg, a mountain wilderness area in the Western Cape about 4 hours north from Cape Town. The camps cover a broad base of topics related to the environment and personal development. They generally run for three to five days for groups of 10 – 30 people. It is a self-catering set-up and groups have their own supervisors, so the role of the…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 08:43

Toast the festive season with a 'Leopartini'

Toast the festive season with a 'Leopartini'
Cocktails are synonymous with times of celebration, and our partner Leopards Leap Wines has agreed to share the special recipe behind their new 'Leopartini' cocktail especially for you to try in the comfort of your own homes over Christmas. To all of our supporters, funders and friends, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe festive season as we head into the holiday season. Please note our administration offices will be closed from Friday, 16 December to Monday, 9 January. In case of emergency, please call 076 522 1201 or email contact@capeleopard.org.za.
Is Nature calling you? - Bridgestone’s Poetry Prize Camp 2016
Our art competition this year took on a different look, and instead of drawing or painting, we decided to centre the theme around poetry. Poetry is of course a form of art, and offers an opportunity to those who are more adept at writing. Our question or theme for the 2016 competition was “Is Nature Calling You?” The winning poets were all taken on an environmental wilderness camp in the Cederberg, sponsored by Bridgestone. On the morning of the 11 th November 2016, I proceeded to pick up 15 very excited and nervous poets and their friends from three pick up points. We left the…
A magical evening where art and science joined in harmony
A red carpet, the lyrical notes of a violin and several big cats greeted guests as they arrived at the Donald Greig Gallery in the V&A Waterfront on November 10th for the novel and unique art auction fundraising event 2016 It was shortly after their opening launch that Donald & Ali Greig offered the use of their new Gallery & Foundry space to The Cape Leopard Trust to host their annual fundraiser. After months of planning, with Rachel Smith from Designstar, and with the support of Jaguar Stellenbosch and Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards we welcomed our special guests, filling the…
Living on the edge: There’s a leopard on my stoep
Following the hype and excitement of the recent leopard sighting in Gordon’s Bay, we thought it prudent to share some info on what to do in a situation like this. As human housing and development encroaches further on our natural areas, it is increasingly likely that people and wildlife will bump into each other occasionally. Worldwide, habitat loss and fragmentation are major threats to biodiversity. The increasing human population puts ever greater pressure on natural habitats – the homes of our animal neighbours… While most of us would be pretty content with seeing a little duiker or grysbok, a mongoose, genet or even a caracal in our…
The Cape Leopard's night out - Thursday, 10 November
Join us for a special evening of leopard art, entertainment, champagne cocktails and canapés as we celebrate the Cape's iconic big cats and introduce you to the new Waterfront home of the Donald Greig Foundry & Gallery (www.donaldgreig.co.za). Our partners for the evening are Ali and Donald Greig, Jaguar Stellenbosch and Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards. There will be cats galore as Jaguar showcase their luxurious range of vehicles, Donald and Ali Greig share the delights of their gallery with us, and artists, celebrities and conservationists offer their unique 'one of a kind' leopard inspired art pieces for sale by auction.…
Hike at Olive Glen with Amy Biehl volunteer, Anouk Pilon
Last Saturday I guided a hike and Cape Leopard Trust outing with Anouk Pilon and her partner, Robert. We hiked a beautiful trail that starts and ends at Olive Glen farm in the Klein Drakenstein mountains. Anouk had won a CLT outing at the Amy Biehl fundraising gala earlier in the year. She had been visiting South Africa and volunteering at the Amy Biehl Foundation. Anouk comes from Holland where "there are no mountains", so she told me. So this was a real treat for her and her partner. Anouk and Robert were in fact preparing to leave for Holland…

The Cape Leopard Trust Trapping Techniques

icon no trapShort overview of three trapping methods considered by the Cape Leopard Trust as safe and humane: Cage traps, Foot loop traps or Foot snares, Soft-catch traps, References to relevant scientific literature.

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Latest News Updates

  • Leopard hit by car in Bainskloof - Death of BM30

    Leopard hit by car in Bainskloof - Death of BM30

    On Thursday 16 Feb 2017, a leopard was hit by a car in Bainskloof Pass near Wellington. The animal sustained severe injuries, including a broken back as well as internal trauma, and sadly had to be put down. The Cape Leopard Trust Boland Project was notified of the incident by partner organisation CapeNature,…
    Written on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:39
  • Vacancy: Community Outreach Officer in the Cederberg

    Vacancy: Community Outreach Officer in the Cederberg

    The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Community Outreach Officer to manage its community outreach programme in the Cederberg district and run its environmental education camps at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the Cederberg. The successful candidate will be physically fit, will have experience in establishing and managing community development…
    Written on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:56

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