Snare Free – Move to Protect Wildlife from Snares in the Western Cape

Published: 02 August 2023

The Cape Leopard Trust is thrilled to share the launch of a new initiative to protect wildlife from snares in the Western Cape! 

‘Snare Free’ is a collaborative project that will aim to provide a coordinated response to snared wildlife incidents, as well as improved training, data collection and awareness about snaring in the province. 

Together with CapeNature, Kogelberg Biosphere, Wildlife Forensic Academy and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, the Cape Leopard Trust has developed the Western Cape Snare Response Plan – the first ever comprehensive snare response plan for the region. 

On 1 August 2023, this response plan was officially launched as a fundamental component of the overarching ‘Snare Free’ initiative – an integrated project with its own logo, a dedicated website, an email address, and a hotline phone number.”

Read the media release with full details HERE


If you discover a live wild animal caught in a snare in the Western Cape, call the Snare Free hotline for assistance on 076 127 8485.

Keep your distance from the animal, keep noise to a minimum, and advise other people to refrain from entering the area. Have the following information available for the hotline operator:

  • Location (GPS coordinates/pin preferable)
  • Animal species/description (if known)
  • Your contact number

If you discover empty snares or a dead animal caught in a snare, please take a photo and report it to the Cape Leopard Trust’s online Data Portal ( You will need to provide the location and a photograph. Then carefully remove and dispose of the snare/s responsibly to ensure that they cannot be used again.

Visit for more information and resources.

The Snare Free project is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation. The launch event was graciously supported by ORMS Print Room & Framing, Dish Food & Social, Kitchen Gypsies, Mountain Falls Mineral Water, Bos Ice Tea, Leopard’s Leap Wines, Regina Mundi Global Advisors, Down to the Wire and SANBI. THANK YOU!