Is that the same leopard they spotted 15 miles south? Some say yes and some say no. Why does it matter? Because the same leopard may be counted twice. That means that there may only be half as many leopards left! Getting real data is what Will’s landmark leopard conservation study is about: to determine if the African Leopard belongs on the endangered species list or not… he belives it does.
Tracking leopards like Grace, Bo and Lucky are crucial to gather the essential data needed for the leopard research.
Carol fielded the call. Another leopard found snared on a nearby farm. Within minutes Will and team are bumping along the bush road hoping against hope that it isn’t… It could be, she had been sighted close by recently. How long had she been trapped? How badly hurt was she? Would she be able to be released into the wild again? As they come upon the snarling struggling leopard their fears are realized. It is Grace.
Hundreds if not thousands of wild mammals, birds and reptiles are trapped in snares each day. Sadly only a few are rescued and survive. Sadly the Big 5 and the Big Cats are regular victims. How many leopards are left free roaming? Fewer than we think is Will’s guesstimation based on data collected so far. Soon we’ll know as Will and his team, along with Grace, Bo and Lucky do their thing… one slight hitch! More collars, replacement parts, batteries, gas and stuff is needed. A little from a lot makes all the difference.
“We screwed it up in England,” Will says boldly. “Chopped down all the trees, shot the wolves, brought in alien species… now we’re the predator trying to control everything.”
No one Russ and I met, on our recent South African wildlife conservation sites tour, can describe the wildlife’s plight in quite the way Will does. He is not only eloquent, but passionate, not only knowledgable but wise. Native Brits, Will and his wife Carol visited Africa and fell in love. So enticing them to move to South Africa to help save the Leopards was easy.
With years of high powered management experience Will was the perfect choice to organize a skilled rescue and research team:
With Carol, the secretary and bookkeeper; Anton, a self taught conservationist extraordinaire, Emma a passionate research doctoral student, and Andrea the gifted IT guy, to name a few.
This passionate group gives their all for the free roaming Leopards of South Africa. Their major endeavors include:
- Critical research for the endangered status of Leopards
- Negotiating with farmers not to kill Leopards
- Educating village children and elders to reduce bush meat trade
- Providing rescue and rehab options
- Exposing illegal hunting
- Establishing a predator protection program.
What You Give:
- 100% of your donation goes to the Leopard Conservation Research Project
- Emailed links to Blog Posts showing pictures and updates of sightings, behaviors, and other interesting leopard stuff
- Also, there are options to help with screening of the thousands of camera trap photos
Nikela gives Ingwe our highest new organization rating and certifies this project. They rate high in financial sustainability, high in ability to deliver as projected, and and high in capacity to achieve Nikela’s education and protection objectives. Nikela commits 100% s of the donations from the Give a Leopard campaign to assist in important research. The donors are given access to the tracking map along with notification of project blog posts.
Your donation helps fund important wildlife conservation research. South African Leopards are rapidly declining and reliable data is finally being compiled to assure this Big Cat’s survival. Consider joining the PB&J Club.