Photo Credit: Raymond Julies and Johann Strydom

The Cape Leopard Trust shared wonderful sightings of a Leopard along the Bainskloof pass; the Leopard is a wonder to behold.


Bainskloof, South Africa (25 October 2021)The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) was established to advocate for and protect the Leopards that live in the mountainous regions of the Western Cape.

The Cape Leopard Trust is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation engaged in innovative research, conservation and education projects established to facilitate and promote the conservation of biological diversity, with a focus on the Cape mountain leopard as a flagship species.

It was founded in 2004 and is mainly based in the Western Cape. The organisation recently shared a throwback post showing a sighting of two Leopards that took place a few months ago. The organisation recently shared a throwback post showing two sightings of a Leopard that took place a few months ago.

The Bainskloof Pass was closed for road works in 2020. The area is a wonderful habitat for leopards. According to the trust, the mountains surrounding the narrow historical pass are wild and untamed and still harbour healthy populations of klipspringer, rock hyrax and porcupine – making this region prime leopard country.

Since the road closure, the area has been teeming with wildlife sightings. Including two Leopard sightings on one day!

“Spotting a leopard in the Western Cape is rare – but getting two reports from separate sources of a sighting in the same area is exceptional. On top of that, getting photographic evidence of both sightings virtually never happens. But there are always exceptions to all rules, and a few months ago we received these two photos of a spotted cat spotted in Bainskloof on the same day.

Since late 2020, Bainskloof Pass has been closed for road upgrades, and only nature conservation and construction staff are allowed through. Raymond Julies from CapeNature Tweede Tol and Johann Strydom who works on the road project were the lucky men who saw the big cat that morning. Both noticed the leopard as it crossed the road, and both were fortunate to snap a quick photo before it disappeared into the fynbos once more. We thank them for sharing it with us and allowing us to share it with you!”

Earlier in 2021, the Cape Leopard Trust hosted informal information sessions at the construction site to rectify any misconceptions about the leopards. Some of the crew had voiced concerns and fears, but they had about the preditor.

How to Support the Trust

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Sources: Facebook / Cape Leopard Trust
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