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Thursday, 09 April 2015 06:11

A Special Thank You to Supa Quick

Pictured from left to right Supa Quick team: Calvin, Kyle, Steven, Joan, Dave, Vanessa, Shane and Hadley (CLT)
With a total of 34 camps booked for 2015 and just 5 of those already completed, not to mention the numerous scheduled day trips, our education bus is always working hard! At our recent 100,000 km service we were informed by the Mercedes agent that the shocks on our trusted work horse needed replacing. One of the shocks was even starting to leak. The gravel roads in the Cederberg are merciless and really put our bus to the ultimate test. Nevertheless it loyally transports up to 22 people each trip with a fully laden trailer in tow. For this reason…
A Date with Fire Lily - Urban Caracal Project
Greetings Urban Caracal Project supporters! I am a proud new member of the Urban Caracal Project team- the first full-time volunteer to work on the project. I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in science from Washington University, and post-graduation was eager to work abroad and be exposed to science, research, and conservation challenges outside of the US. So, last month I traveled from the USA to stay in South Africa and work on local research projects. While initially I'd planned to work on the baboon study in Tokai, the February/March fire threw a spanner in the works. But this…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:00

​Surviving the Roughest and Toughest

​Surviving the Roughest and Toughest
The Cape Leopard Trust is immensely proud of our riders who managed to successfully complete the 2015 ABSA Cape Epic. That in itself is a huge physical feat given this mountain bike race is now known as the roughest and toughest in the world.     We would like to say a big thank you to the four riders that signed up to take on the challenge on behalf of the Trust, and especially to our partners Bridgestone who sponsored the Cape leopard team, who came in an amazing 63rd overall for the week out of almost 300 teams racing…
Friday, 13 March 2015 14:23

Cederberg with Sam Chev

A short video on immersive learning (in nature) that takes place in the Cederberg. It is sponsored by the Cape Leopard Trust. This video focuses on a weekend in October 2014 with children from a school in Cape Town. The group is led by Sam Chevalier and Hadley.
The Cape Leopard Trust would like to wish our four cyclists strength, safety and success as they set off for the 2015 ABSA Cape Epic. Francois Oudendaal, Danie Marais, Matthew Wentworth and Hudson Chevallier will be riding for the Trust and promoting our cause along the way. The race starts on Sunday at UCT with a prologue on Table Mountain.  This incredible global event attracts riders from all over and is known as the toughest mountain bike race in the world, physically testing riders to their limits. The event starts on Sunday at UCT and will finish on Sunday, 22…
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:34

Lee’s Latest Leopard Run

Lee’s Latest Leopard Run
We would like to congratulate our special fundraiser and marathon runner, Lee Dicks, for his herculean effort in last weekend’s event. Lee finished in an awesome 7th place overall in the Addo Elephant Trail Run - 76km in 09:44. Well done on getting a top spot! 
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:52

Introducing Our Team

It’s only on rare occasions that we manage to bring our entire team together, but we got it right recently for our annual team planning meeting. We would like to thank the owner of Nova Constantia Boutique Residence, Edita Batek, and GM Lee Dicks for hosting us on the day so that we could get together in such a lovely spot for some knowledge sharing and constructive discussions. It was certainly time well spent and only good things can come of the combined brain power. This is also an opportunity to introduce our team members so that you can put…
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:49

Avis: Trying harder for leopards

The previous Boland research vehicle, Davis, on duty in the Stettyn mountains north of Villiersdorp
A tough, reliable vehicle is an indispensable tool for many a field biologist. It is no different for the two project coordinators and researchers who run the Boland Project at The Cape Leopard Trust. A research vehicle for us is not merely an automobile that gets us from point A to point B. No, it is much, much more and becomes like a third member of the team, with a name and character all of its own. In times of intensive fieldwork, with 10-hour days exposed to the elements, it becomes a mobile base – often a refuge. We could…
Thursday, 05 February 2015 05:24

The Working Dogs of Namaqualand

The Working Dogs of Namaqualand
The Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape is known to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts for spectacular displays of flowers in the spring season, when the famous and eye-catching Namaqua daisies are in full bloom. What is probably less known is that the area is one of the driest in South Africa, making this a harsh environment a significant part of the year, particularly for livestock farmers. Drought, disease, toxic plants and predators are some of the challenges that farmers face in this succulent biodiversity hotspot. A preliminary camera trapping survey carried out by the Cape Leopard Trust in 2008-2009…
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:19

2004-2014 - Looking back over the years

A new year has dawned, and with it a fond reflection of our special moments from 2014, the year we celebrated our tenth anniversary. To read all about it and share some of our stories, download a free copy of our annual report. Now we look forward with new energy to what we can achieve in 2015!

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

  • Is Nature calling you? - Bridgestone’s Poetry Prize Camp 2016

    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…
    Written on Monday, 28 November 2016 14:19
  • Join our team as an intern! 2017

    Join our team as an intern! 2017

    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…
    Written on Monday, 21 November 2016 12:03

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