New Ford Ranger Joins the Cederberg Project

De Villiers Barry and Sakkie Prins of Jaffe's Ford in Worcester celebrating the new vehicle with Lana Müller, Research and Operations Manager at the Cape Leopard Trust.
De Villiers Barry and Sakkie Prins of Jaffe's Ford in Worcester celebrating the new vehicle with Lana Müller, Research and Operations Manager at the Cape Leopard Trust.
Published: 26 September 2019

We are thrilled that Ford Wildlife Foundation has chosen to renew our partnership with another year of vehicle sponsorship for the Cederberg Project.

Extending this support means that the long-planned camera survey in the mountains surrounding Piketberg can go ahead. Remote-sensing field cameras is one of the most useful and affordable monitoring tools for researchers studying the Cape's elusive leopards.

Over the past years, there have been worrying reports of increased conflict between leopards and livestock farmers in the Piketberg area. By understanding how these cats traverse a landscape, we are able to share vital information with farmers and guide them on how to reduce the risk of potential conflict.

Mobility is everything in our work, and there is always heavy equipment to transport and deploy, especially in the set-up of a survey.

Having a vehicle of this calibre join the fleet means that we can keep the team moving, and reach all the places we need to as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.

It was a perfect Freedom Friday afternoon when Helen Turnbull and Lana Müller collected the new Ford Ranger XLT Double Cab Bakkie from Jaffe's Ford in Worcester, and we sincerely thank Ford Wildlife Foundation and Jaffe's Ford for being part of our conservation journey.

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