Leopard and Predator Project
Greyton Conservation Society Works with The Landmark Foundation.
The Landmark Foundation is a Non-Governmental organization (NGO) facilitating the establishment and sustaining of conservation land uses in Southern Africa. Our research has a broad focus, investigating the landscape ecology and management of leopards within and outside of protected areas of the Eastern and Western Cape. Our study area makes up a massive area of 4,5 million hectares, stretching from Addo in the east to Gordon’s Bay in the west.
The Landmark Foundation first introduced its Leopard and Predator Project to the Greyton community in September 2010 with a presentation by the organization’s Director, Dr. Bool Smuts. Fieldwork in the area began in 2011 in an effort to identify and count the leopards living in the region. Our initial 3 camera stations were placed within the Nature Reserve before we expanded our effort further down the mountain range to the east and west. Over the course of more than a year, a total of 9 camera stations were placed throughout the region. Each of these camera stations remained active for between 3 to 4 months thanks to the support and cooperation of the participating landowners. Greyton Conservation Society together with the Landmark Foundation would like to thank all those in Greyton who sponsored cameras – without them this research project and its positive results would not have happened!
Our camera stations spanned the southern slopes of the Riviersonderend mountain range from Middelplaas to Riviersonderend and this fieldwork effort was concluded by the end of September 2012. From the 9 camera stations we were able to identify 6 territorial adult leopards. Next, we shifted our focus to the northern side of the mountain range. Our camera stations throughout the McGregor and Agterkliphoogte regions captured photos of two previously identified Greyton area leopards, which revealed that these two leopards traverse the mountain and maintain a home range on both sides of the mountain range.
In addition to the leopards captured on our cameras from Middelplaas to Riviersonderend, we also saw lots of baboon, porcupine, grysbok, small grey mongoose, rhebok, honey badger, large and small spotted genet, African wildcat and even bush pig. We found evidence of wonderful biodiversity in your area and it was an absolute pleasure for us to get to know your community and explore your beautiful region. Our research wouldn’t have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of your wonderful community and surrounding participating landowners.