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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!
Friday, 30 January 2015 08:57

Exciting Environmental Education

Exciting Environmental Education
See what our youngsters get up to at one of our environmental education camps through the eyes of our ‘Moonwalking Bear’. Who says nature is boring, especially not when combined with the global moonwalking bear phenomenon! Bookings open for the new season.   For availability email and don't forget to spot the bear...
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:26

Last Leopard Release of 2014

Last Leopard Release of 2014
Early on the last Sunday morning of 2014, our Programme Manager, Bryan Havemann, received a telephone call from a concerned farmer, in the Ashton area to say he had come across a leopard that had accidentally got itself trapped in a cage intended for caracal capture. Being quite a distance away in Cape Town, Bryan quickly alerted Jaco van Deventer at CapeNature who dispatched Martin van Tonder (Acting-Conservation Service Manager) at Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve to deal with the leopard. Martin and a colleague quickly got some kit together to go to the aid of the rather upset leopard. Unfortunately no…
The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) is a research and conservation NGO, based in the Western Cape. It uses research as a tool for conservation, finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict and inspiring interest in the environment through an interactive and dynamic environmental education programme. The Education Project is looking for interns to help with its environmental camps in the Cederberg during its camp seasons in 2015. 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…
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:43

Experiences of a CLT Intern in the Cederberg

Experiences of a CLT Intern in the Cederberg
By Edenne Kapinga Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, I came to South Africa because I was attracted to nature. I was convinced to find an appropriate environment to learn more about nature. Currently completing my NDiploma in Nature Conservation, I was looking for the perfect place to start my nature conservation application. That is when I found the Cape Leopard Trust. Coming straight from Johannesburg, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what the Western Cape would be like. I remember thinking that it felt different - almost as if I was in another country. The…
Opulent Living is proud to announce that the recent Cape Leopard Trust fundraising luncheon and auction curated and executed by Opulent Living Experiences was a major success! The fabulous and fun-filled day raised an outstanding R592,000! All the proceeds of the auctions will go towards The Cape Leopard Trust.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:43

A Christmas Wish for Our Stars

A Christmas Wish for Our Stars
The team at The Cape Leopard Trust would like to take this opportunity the wish all of our partners, friends and supporters a peaceful and happy festive season. As 2014 comes to an end, we hope each and every one of you will have chance to take time out, appreciate the pure beauty of nature, and spend Christmas with special people around you.
Outstanding Results from Youth Art Competition Nature Matters
The Cape Leopard Trust recently held an awesome prizegiving event for the Art Competition “Nature Matters” at the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Education Centre in Greenpoint on Saturday, 15 November. On reflection, we were all overwhelmed by the positive enthusiasm and the standard of art works that were submitted. Children from schools all over Cape Town had entered, and we even had schools from as far out as Piketberg and Velddrif submitting entries. All were unique and stunning, some with very vivid and moving stories to tell and the judges were certainly put through their paces when it came…

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

  • The 2016 K-Way Cape Leopard Trust Trail Run

    The 2016 K-Way Cape Leopard Trust Trail Run

    Bookings now open - join us and unleash your inner cat! Join on us Saturday 22 October for the Leopard trail Run sponsored by K-WAY in support of The Cape Leopard Trust. Hosted by Cascade Manor in Paarl, the 4km, 14km and 25km trails cross spectacular leopard territory - the…
    Written on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 12:04
  • Seeing Spots - Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

    Seeing Spots - Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

    Just in time for Heritage month, The Cape Leopard Trust re-usable shopping bag will hit the tills in Woolworths' regional stores soon. For each bag sold, Woolworths has pledged to donate R10 to support the work of the Trust. Keep an eye out spot one if you can!
    Written on Thursday, 22 September 2016 09:11

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