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Cape Leopard Trust

"Su" wrote:
I was inspired to follow up the Cape Leopard Trust, when I saw their logo on the side of a landi snapped by the motion-triggered cams on ‘Leopard cam’. I went to their site and seeing they had a fund-raising auction I contacted them to see if they would like a couple of my prints (of my paintings) for the auction. Upshot is that although I did not have any prints depicting leopards (which they would like for the auction), I sent them a couple of prints to sell, keep or auction off at another fund-raiser event as they see fit. I don’t have disposable funds to donate as I would wish to charities but maybe in a small way I can contribute with my work. Also watching the cams and seeing the change through the months in all weathers to the bush takes me back there and keeps me 'in touch' with Africa as I am unable to afford to return for some time. Somehow it keeps it close. And in doing so helps inspire me in my work when I'm painting at home. I only wish I had broadband so that I could watch the Nkorho stream properly instead of just the first 15-19 seconds. Very frustrating!

Hi Su

Thank you for your wonderful support of the Cape Leopard Trust!

I was at the fund-raiser in Capetown and it was very successful - apart from the funds raised from the auction and sales of goodies, there were 3 large SA companies represented, each of which donated substantial amounts of money for the cause!

Unfortunately, the weekend following the event, a female leopard which had been fitted with a GPS collar by the CLT, was caught in a gin-trap in the Cedrebergs. Quinton was due to join me, for some much needed R&R, in Paternoster for the weekend but instead had to return to the Cederbergs to try to save the leopard.
I am still waiting to hear from Quinton as to whether they managed to save her.

I hope that you have signed up for their newsletters - but if I get any news about this from Quinton in the meantime I will let you know here.

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I have not had chance to post this to you recently but the female leopard that was caught in the gin-trap, who Quinton rushed back to the Cederburgs to try to help save, died a few days later.

I don't know the details as Quin can only email me when he is in capetown, but I am assuming that the 'cyst' that the vet found on her head, plus the stress of being caught in the trap and the operation to amputate one of her toes all took their toll.

This is very sad as it was the only female leopard that the Cape Leopard Trust had managed to capture and collar and, whilst they are getting some good data from the collared males about their possible numbers and territory sizes, they need this data about the females also if they are to have success in preserving the Cape Leopards.

I will try to phone Quinton soon to get more information but I may have to rely on his next newsletter, as I know that he has so many emails that he needs to reply to when he has the chance to d/l them, that he sometimes forgets to reply to his personal mails from freinds!

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"Su" wrote:
Hi Tabs,

You mentioned Anatolian Shepherd Dogs somewhere in your travel posts, can you tell me a little about them? Am I right in believing that is one in your avatar?

The dog in my avator is indeed an Anatolian (named by the farmer as 'Tabs' would you believe? Laughing out loud ) who I sponsored through the CLT.

The picture was taken in August 2005 when she was just a couple of months old and starting her training - I was priveledged to be allowed into her sheep pen for an hour that August to cuddle and play with her - the only 'stranger' that she has ever been allowed any close contact with - and I met her again in August 2006 when she was an adult working dog.

Anatolians are originally from Turkey, where they were used extensively to protect the flocks of sheep, goats etc from predators.

They were first used in Southern Africa in Namibia in 1994 by the Cheetah Conservation Fund - I am not sure how long they have been used in South Africa.

You can find more information about them on various websites, one being:
http://www.akc.org/breeds/anatolian_shepherd_dog/index.cfm

Some further news that I received just before leaving SA - the farmer (Hennie) who has 'Tabs' inexplicably decided to split his flock of sheep, putting half of them in a field which was quite a distance away from where Tabs was guarding the other half.

The next time he checked on these sheep, he found that several had been killed by a leopard!
When checking on the sheep that Tabs was still guarding, he found the spoor (tracks etc) of the leopard but the flock was intact - Tabs had chased it off!
Lesson learned I hope - though it was an expensive lesson for Hennie!

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Hi Tabs,

I had read your report on your trip elsewhere on the forum, which was very interesting. I have indeed put myself on the mail list for the CLT newsletters but would be glad to hear of any news should you get any.
It's so good to hear the fundraiser event went well for them and they had good support from some big companies, prior to seeing their landi on one of the webcam pics I knew nothing of the CLT, so I'm just kinda learning about them and their work.
I like to be able to support conservation projects when I can, but sadly not as much as I would like due to financial restraints....however...one always hopes that circumstances will change to enable me to do so. So sending a few prints in the hopes they can sell them is about all I can do at the mo.
You mentioned Anatolian Shepherd Dogs somewhere in your travel posts, can you tell me a little about them? Am I right in believing that is one in your avatar?

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