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 âLeopard camâ. 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 donât 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!
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.