The Cape Leopard Trust - Using research as a tool for conservation & finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict

Associate Research Projects

Mammal Map - A New Era in Citizen Science
Across Africa, the knowledge of mammal distribution patterns is based primarily on historical records. However, the last three centuries have seen extensive human modification of African landscapes with the associated conversion, compression and fragmentation of natural land. With further land development presenting a likely reality for the future, and the prospect of climate change playing its role in modifying landscapes, the effectiveness of mammal conservation efforts depends on the availability of accurate 21st century mammal distribution maps. MammalMAP aims to plot the current distribution of mammal…
Research: Developing managerial and statistical methods to improve the conservation of cryptic carnivores involved in human-wildlife conflict
Elsa Bussière grew up in France where she did most of her studies. In 2011, she got an MSc in Agricultural Engineering and an MSc in Forest, Agriculture and Environmental Engineering. Her passion for science and nature took her to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe where she worked as a field biologist for a large mammal project, led by the French Centre of National Scientific Research (CNRS). She did her MSc project with the Animal Demography Unit at the University…
Research: Predator abundances, predator-prey interactions & diet of Mesopredators in the Gamka Mountains
Elani Steenkamp joined the Cape Leopard Trust in 2014 to do her Masters degree in Conservation Ecology at the University of Stellenbosch. She has always had a passion for wild animals especially felines, even though she is a city girl. Her desire to help animals in need by occasionally volunteering at animal shelters motivated her to undertake a Masters degree on Mesopredators, which are vital in the human-wildlife conflict on farmlands. Elani is based in the Klein Karoo studying the…

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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