CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust, Helen Turnbull, joins Pippa Hudson to talk about the work they do in ensuring this species not only survives in the Cape, but also thrives.
Once the Big Five roamed the Cape, and now all that remains is the leopard. For a long time, researchers believed there were none left, but then it was discovered that a smaller breed had evolved to cope with harsh living conditions.
The aim of the Trust is to protect and raise awareness of Cape leopards, especially in projects where farmers become aware that killing them is not the solution.
Turnbull says they have had great success in the Cederberg conservancy, where farmers are learning to love ion harmony with these majestic creatures
The fund raising birthday event is a multi-layered affair, more than just a fundraiser, says Turnbull.
When we look at wildlife we often feel helpless. But this is something we can actually get involved in.— Helen Turnbull, CEO Cape Leopard Trust
The fundraiser is taking place at Leopard's Leap in Franschoek. Celebrity chef Justin Bonello will be working with chef Pieter de Jager, to look at how ingredients influence our lives, using ethical producers to produce the lunch. Nik Rabinowitz will be providing entertainment.
Well known artists have created leopard sculptures for auction.
Turnbull hopes 120 seats will all be snapped up for the event. Go to Webticket and search for the Cape Leopard Trust Fundraiser.
Listen to the interview below and find out how you can get involved in this worthy cause: