A cage-trap was set and baited.
For the past three months we've been trying to catch Spot in order to re-collar her, as the collar batteries only last about a year and she was caught on 18th June last year. Early the following morning, after a restless night's sleep, we received the call, "She's in the trap!"
The vet from Ceres, Dr Marc Walton, was called out immediately. While waiting for him, Willem checked the other traps and Quinton got the necessary equipment ready, double checking that the new lightweight GPS collar was working correctly. By 11am, everyone was at Driehoek.
The darting and entire process went very smoothly. The brand new R40 000 "bling" collar was secured around Spot's neck. She was released a few hours later a couple of hundred meters from the farm house. We waited until she was properly awake before opening the holding cage doors, ensuring she would not be injured while moving "under the influence". We will now be able to follow her movements again for a whole year.
'Spot' is the leopard whose spots can be adopted through our Adopt-a-Spot campaign. Spot adopters are given quarterly updates on what Spot's been up to, but this was too exciting to keep till the next update, so they have been given an exclusive photo-essay on the Spot capture. You can Adopt a Spot for only R500/year.