Success for Grootbos and Leopard in the Western Cape Overberg!

Posted under Eco-Tourism Blog by Grootbos on 13th October 2011

It has been confirmed! There is leopard roaming the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve!

 

Only four days after setting up two cameras at Grootbos in the Western Cape’s Overberg region, Jeannine McMannus of the Landmark Foundation (www.landmarkfoundation.org.za) has confirmed what we have all been hoping for. LEOPARD!!!

Jeannine informs us that the Leopard is a healthy young male in excellent condition. We are incredibly excited and feel privileged that such majestic creatures live in our reserve. Along with the leopard, the cameras managed to capture various small antelopes, perhaps his preferred meal. It is an incredible triumph for Landmark Foundation and more importantly the conservation of the Overberg region.

This initiative forms part of Jeannine’s PhD which she is doing with the University of Witwatersrand. Her research is ongoing and aims to better understand the illusive leopard in order to protect them and the essential ecological processes they provide.

The cameras will be in place for another 15 or so weeks and we can’t wait to see what else, or rather who else, pays us a visit. We will keep you posted with the latest updates. Here’s to the thrill of conservation!



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