Cape Leopard Trust

Cape Leopard Trust

The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) was established with a primary objective to facilitate and promote research and conservation of the Cape's predator diversity. The conservation strategies include several bio-geographical research projects on leopards and their habitat as well as providing advisory and support services relating to farmer-predator interactions.

A key goal of the project is to foster a greater understanding and awareness of the environment, particularly in children as future custodians of nature. The Cape Leopard Trust was launched in 2004 as an active predator conservation organisation in the Cape and is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). The focus of the organisation revolves around adopting the Cape Leopard as a 'flagship species', to study, understand and highlight the plight of these animals, and other threatened predators, finding effective and sustainable ways to alleviate the devastating problems of human-wildlife conflict as well as advocating for the protection of the biodiversity upon which they depend. 

Dr Quinton Martins, co-founder of the project, completed his PHD on the ecology of Cape leopards, through the University of Bristol. Though evidence indicates that Cape leopards differ from leopards elsewhere, whether they are a a separate sub-species is thought unlikely. The CLT uses the results of robust scientific research to convince farmers to change their behaviour and attitudes towards 'problem animals' and to use more ethical livestock management techniques. The focus of the Trust's research concentrated initially on the Cederberg Mountains, but it now has active research projects in Namaqualand, Gouritz Corridor, the Boland Mountains and the Table Mountain National Park.

The environmental education component of the project began in 2009 with the launch of 'Tok-Tokkie' camp at the Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, offering residential camps for children and young adults in the Cederberg. The Education and Outreach Programme, provides experiential and meaningful environmental education programmes, teaching the youth about the wilderness and themselves, helping them to discover their connection with nature. The education programme includes environmental school and family group camps in the Cederberg; environmental appreciation/education excursions with children from local farm schools; and school presentations on the Cape Leopard as well as other wildlife of the Western Cape. In 2014 a Cape Town programme was launched, offering wilderness experiences in and around the city allowing the Trust to reach broader communities and social groups. Our education work includes forming positive partnerships with social development NGO’s to improve environmental knowledge. 

The Cape Leopard Trust head office is based in Cape Town, and works in partnership with the Cederberg Conservancy and CapeNature in ongoing efforts to conserve our natural heritage. 

For more information on the Cape Leopard Trust go to

Website: www.capeleopard.org.za
Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/capeleopard

Accommodation

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Mount Ceder

3 and 4 star self-catering accommodation with option of meals at our restaurant.

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Keurbosfontein Farm Cottages

Exclusive Privacy! Our cottages are unique in the Cederberg because of the seclusion we offer you when you visit us.

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Activities

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Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations with the aim to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route.

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About Cederberg Conservancy

  • The Cederberg Conservancy was constituted in 1997 as a voluntary agreement between landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable manner. It consolidates 22 properties in the central Cederberg as one of the core corridors of the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor and it is active through quarterly meetings and awareness days.

    Visitors to the area can engage in bird watching or easy hikes to the Stadsaal cave and Elephant rock art. For the more adventurous visitor the Conservancy offers Mountain bike trails or overnight hiking trials that vary from one to five nights, depending on your level of fitness and ability.