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WHAT IS THE CAPE LEOPARD TRUST?
The Cape Leopard Trust, established 2004, is a Non-Government Organisation that functions as an active predator research and conservation working group, with a primary focus on leopard. The CLT uses scientific research to aid leopard and predator conservation, seeking solutions to human-wildlife conflict and inspiring greater interest in the environment through an interactive and dynamic environmental education programme.
Long term research and monitoring are vital in order to effectively manage and conserve an elusive and far-ranging top predator such as the leopard – one needs sound knowledge and understanding of its behaviour, diet and habitat requirements. Before the pioneering work undertaken by The Cape Leopard Trust, very little was known about the ecology of leopards in the Cape mountains. Studies have since shown that leopards in the Cape differ morphologically and genetically from leopards elsewhere in southern Africa, however they are not classified as a separate subspecies. Leopard home ranges in our study areas may be as much as 10 times larger than those reported in earlier research, illustrating that population numbers are far lower than previously estimated. Because of these low densities, large home ranges and limited suitable habitat, leopards in the Cape mountains may be far more threatened than many other leopard populations.
Mission: To ensure the long-term survival of leopard populations by facilitating the protection of natural landscapes and promoting peaceful coexistence, empowered by scientific research, positive community partnerships, environmental education and advocacy.