Could someone tell me if the Leopard cam is a live cam or does it reel off a video or pics of all creatures found in South Africa. The reason being that whilst flicking on & off from this cam over a period of about 20 minutes, the scene changed from night to day a couple of times, the animals being nocturnal & then daytime! The number of creatures seen in this 20 minute period being quite numerous...nothing like what i've experienced in national parks in south africa before??
Thanks so much for your reply regarding Leopard Cam. It is amazing that the Leopards do still exist in the area of the Cedarberg, albeit so close to extinction & that conservation & research is being done. I know that educating humans in the area of preservation & conserving wildlife is a mammoth task in itself! It was a lifetime task for my cousin Joan Root in Kenya, who was murdered earlier this year! Ultimately paying her life to that cause!
Having lived in Kenya & South Africa for most of my life, immigrating to a continent like Australia, which is not blessed with the amazing & varied wildlife that Africa had or has, makes me realize just how much I took it for granted & how much I sorely miss it! Whenever possible, I went 'to the Bush'! It was a part of my heritage, having the African flora & fauna around me to access, enjoy, be close to & appreciate! Sounds arrogant maybe! But to me, it was/is God's greatest Gift to have been born in Africa & experienced it firsthand!
To those people dedicating their time etc to conservation, research etc of wildlife, a VERY BIG THANK YOU!
Hi Jocelyn and anyone else who is confused by the leopard cam sightings.
To set the record straight; as a current Trustee of Afritrust and an avid supporter of the Cape Leopard Trust, I have 'inside knowledge'
The pictures that you see on the 'Leopard Cam' are supplied by the Cape Leopard Trust (the CLT) via CD's.
These CD's are a compilation of pictures of animals taken by the CLT's many camera traps and the pics include not only Cape Leopards, which are believed to be seriously endangered in the region and which need international support to save them from extinction, but also many other wild animals/mammals which exsist in the Cederberg Mountains (West of Capetown)
The lowland regions in the Cederbergs is mostly farmed (sheep and citrus farms on the whole) but there are many areas where leopards, caracals and other small carnivores range free but the farmers regard these animals as Vermin and often shoot them on sight
The work of the CLT is to educate the local farmers about the value of conserving the wildlife in the Cederbergs and to, hopefully, persuade them to accept a donated Anotolian Sheep dog to protect their flocks.
I am the proud owner/sponsor of one such dog who is protecting the sheep of Farmer Hennie from leopards AND human poachers!
I am due to make my 2nd visit to the area in a couple of weeks and one of the purposes of my visit is to see whether I can do anything from the UK to further aid their cause as I truly believe that the CLT is well worth supporting.
Visit the CLT website on:
and make a donation maybe?
Hi Jocelyn - From what I read some time ago, leopard cam uses a motion detector that sets off the camera whenever there is movement in that area. Pictures are then aired later.
We got notices last week from www.afritrust.com that the 'cam' was back up again. i guess they meant the leopard cam, as it is AfriTrust's only cam on the net at this time.
So we should be seeing new pics shortly, I hope. They do catch an amazing variety of animals on there. But the daylight and darkness do not always correspond to AfriCam time. Right now i see a leopard in the dark of night on the cam , but the previous picture had shown a daylight shot of a small antelope and time there is 02h33 SAST on the 11 July.
I think we can assume that your observations are correct and that those were repeats. But soon you should see the collected and sorted pics from the cams
Last time that i watched...they did run repeats when no new sightings were captured by the cam.
If you visit the afriTrust site., that i mentioned above .there is more information there re: the cam. ...also there you can subscribe to the newsletter or find instructions as to where it can be done. Many good articles on there by some great experts and those experienced in their fields doing good works. Also there is a message board on there where one can participate in the discussions.
I wrote a long explanitory reply to you tonight about the Leopard Cam but, somehow, it got lost in the system!
I will try to answer your questions (again) soon but it is very late here in the UK and I have 'lost the thread' so to speak!