Leopard image changes its spots in
April 09, 2006, 14:45
A new project has been launched in the
A two and a half year old leopard is being used to educate the public about this endangered species.
Bool Smuts, a doctor at the Landmark Foundation, says: “The second component of this project, is actually just to understand leopards better to manage them properly which will hopefully lead to the meat green-labelling initiative which is the ultimate solution we believe; to establish a leopard-friendly brand that which will incentives’ farmers not to hunt predators, but learn more from predators being on their land.”
Farmers kill off 17 cats
At least 17 leopards have been killed in the western part of the
Kevin van Wyk, a farmer in the area, says: “We manage the vermin as best we can and use various methods: Anatolian dogs and gin trips. I must admit i don't enjoy using them – I prefer to use the cages, which is why I’m interested to see what they have today.”
Conserving leopards here will also boost tourism - with the leopard completing the big five package in the area. The leopard is most easily recognised by its rosette patterned coat and extremely long, darker tail. The leopard is a versatile hunter and generally nocturnal in its pursuit of prey - however the increased frequency of hunting found in the female raising young often leads to more opportunist hunting during daylight hours.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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