The picturesque town of Tulbagh is situated 1.5 hours from Cape Town, yet somehow feels like another world. Renowned for its exceptional wineries, glorious mountain ranges and snowy winters, it really is a trip worth taking to escape the bustle of the big city.
A vibrant array of wildlife make the most of the town’s tranquillity, and recently, a local was blessed with an extremely rare sighting of a Cape leopard.
Cape leopards are scarce in numbers and are inclined to the Fynbos mountains of the Cape, making them extremely difficult to spot. This makes Mr Tabone’s video footage, showcasing a leopard with prey in mouth, extremely rare and super exciting to see.
Cape leopards are inclined to a diet including, but not limited to, species such as dassie (rock hyrax), klipspringer, porcupine and grysbok.
The video shows the leopard manoeuvring very close to road traffic. Aiding research and conservation for the Cape’s cats and other wildlife is the Cape Leopard Trust team.
Their vision is to ensure the long-term survival of leopard populations, help secure their habitat and prey base, and promote their co-existence with people.
To this end, they conduct rigorous scientific research, not only on leopards but also other predators that share their habitat. The aim of the research is to create knowledge, inform management policies, spread awareness and ultimately safeguard the persistence of leopards in the Fynbos mountains of the Cape and elsewhere in South Africa.
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Support for the organisation comes from many sources including companies, trust funds, institutions and caring individuals. All donations go directly toward furthering the project and the Cape Leopard Trust’s understanding and conservation of these magnificent animals.
You can help by donating, sponsoring, volunteering and more by clicking HERE.