Photo Credit: The Cape Leopard Trust

The Cape Leopard Trust 2023 Girls in Conservation Programme has come to an end and 18 young ladies had the best time learning about the field over the last year.


South Africa (24 August 2023) – The Cape Leopard Trust’s “Girls in Conservation” programme is so much more than a very fun camp and adventure-filled programme, it helps instil values within these young women that will lead them to very great things someday, whether becoming ambassadors for conservation or changemakers that drive the future towards more.

The programme sees 18 young ladies in grade nine from six schools in the Boland and Cederberg regions, enrol in the programme to learn about the natural environment and work on green skills development.

While the aim is to inspire conservation ambassadors, the programme is in fact, a whole lot of fun too! For five whole days, the young ladies enrolled in the programme got to stay at the Ihali Bush Camp where they took part in various activities.

“During the April school holidays, the GiC group spent 5 days together using the Ihlati Bush Camp near Philadelphia as a base. On the first afternoon, the girls excitedly engaged in a series of fun team building activities to foster camaraderie and cooperation within the group. It was particularly heartening to see their enthusiasm and eager anticipation for the experiences that lay ahead.

Over the course of the next four days, the group met women working in various green careers at interesting places like the West Coast Fossil Park where they learned about palaeontology and archaeology; the Stellenbosch University Iimbovane Outreach Project to experience hands-on lab work and learn about entomology; Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve for wildlife monitoring, fynbos conservation, and the use of camera trap technology and AI in research; and finally the !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre for an immersive cultural guiding and heritage experience. The girls left the holiday programme equipped with newly acquired knowledge about opportunities available to them and how to go about pursuing their goals.”

The camp provides them with all the tools needed to complete several tasks throughout the rest of the year. These three community service tasks include doing a presentation at their school to help educate their fellow students about the career paths within conservation, handing out books and hosting a community reading session and finally conducting a snare awareness workshop at school.

These three tasks enable them to practice public speaking and engagement within their communities, both essential for conservation work as well as empowering them with the skills and knowledge to go forward and do more.

“The 2023 Girls in Conservation programme concluded with an award ceremony on Women’s Day, 9 August. The girls were all reunited to celebrate the successful completion of the programme and to reflect on their achievements and learnings. It was a wonderfully positive gathering of enthusiastic young ladies, all eager and inspired to one day make their own contribution to South Africa’s green skills landscape.”

Sources: Cape Leopard Trust – Supplied
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