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    Hi All,

    Good news!!

    We have been speaking to Fred Berrange from the Leopard Conservation Project for a while on ways we could assist them in their projects directly or by helping to build relationships with the farmers he deals with.



    Just recently, their main vehicle was stolen and I took the opportunity to help Fred out when he received a call from a farmer near Rustenberg who had an issue with (a) leopard and offered to drive him out there.

    We drove out to the farm today for two reasons, firstly to investigate the leopard issue and set traps to catch it so that it can be collared etc and secondly, to introduce both The Leopard Conservation Project and the 4x4Community to the Farmer. This was a huge success and as of today, we, the 4x4Community, have literally 3000 hectares were we will become active in anti-poaching, anti-snare and fence patrols for 2 farmers initially, under the auspices of Fred and the LCP.



    The next step will be to get a list of interested people, select a group of potential team leaders and then organise a weekend out at the farms to learn the lay of the land, farm boundaries, the tricks of locating snares and the rules of the farm.

    Therafter we will be running periodic trips up to the farms to do these patrols. We have not yet worked out the finer details and logistics such as how many people/vehicles per trip but I can assure you that you will not be "slumming" it there.

    here are some photos from today of setting up the trap.

    initial setup



    sorting out the bait


    where's the cage?




    A very interesting thing we came across today was a site where the baboons use an Eskom power pylon as their nightly resting area. You can clearly see the toilet area and that they have started removing the poles and flappers Eskom put on the pylons to prevent Vultures etc from roosting there. You can also see how they have damaged and clread a way throufgh the barbed wire.









    Now here is the reason we are going to help the farmers, this collection of snares was from one very small area on the farm, they removed over 40 snares from one small wooded area in one day!




    So... if you are keen, please email me on [email protected] or pM me and PLEASE include your real name, email address and cell number.
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    Will help and try and fit it in with all the running.
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    Myself & Ross as discussed.

    Thanks for your efforts.
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    Default Leopards

    Doug add our names, Alan and Nola

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    Hi Doug. Add us as well. Andre & Claudette

    Sure our pen pusher hands can at least find some snares!!!

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    We're keen too.
    Daryl & Sandy
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    Hi Doug,

    i sent you a mail but i'm also very keen.

    thanks
    Emile

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    Hi Doug

    Also sent you a pm and am keen

    Cheers
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    Sorry for the hijack

    I don’t have plans for the upcoming long weekend yet - was wondering if there is anything that I can do wrt the rhino's that's getting slaughtered. If no, wouldn’t mind helping out with this as well. Maybe I can fit one of these initiatives into a lekker weekend getaway

    Would be nice to include something like that with a nice weekend in the bush. I just have 2 ladies with me that's not that keen on camping ...

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    I'm also in for this one.

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    Guys, Thanks for the response, I have just over 20 interested families now.

    We are busy discussing dates etc with the project guys and the farmer and will put the first trip together as soon as we can.

    Please don't misunderstand this initiative.

    We are supporting the Leopard Conservation project in their efforts to secure safe areas for the animals and also in their efforts to get farmers on the leopards side. We are not going to be physically dealling with Leopards on any sort of regular basis.

    Where possible, and I stress, where possible, we will be included in trips to set traps and we are working on a way to get guys onto trips where a leopard is collared but you must remember that the leopard must always come first and anything/anybody that puts a leopard or person from the project into any form of danger will be stopped immediately.

    further news from the project is that a large male leopard has been in the area of the trap we set on Wednesday.


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    Thanks for the effort Doug, keep us posted.....
    Daryl Human

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    Update sent to all who responded


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    I'm keen too.
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    We are also in!

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    As per my email Doug, we're in too.
    Daryl Human

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    I would also be interested in this.
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    Thumbs up

    As per my mail Doug. Please count me in as well!
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    Thanks to everybody for their great interest and support.

    I have added everybody to the list, just waiting for some final feedback and will finalise the first team to go up before the end of the week.


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    Whats the latest updates on this Doug?
    Daryl Human

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