Research is so key to successful conservation, as it gives valuable insight into a species population, behaviors, threats, habitat and ecology. The Cape Leopard Trust has two well-established research projects in the Boland and the Cederberg, which are devoted to understanding the distribution, diet, behavior, and ecology of leopards of the Cape.
Anita is based in the Boland region and has a focus on researching leopard diets, using techniques like leopard-scat analysis. With the results obtained from these studies, she is able to understand the ecological role of local leopard populations and the threats they are facing. These results play a critical role in assisting the Cape Leopard Trust team in alleviating human-wildlife conflict in this region between these predators and local farmers and community members.
Leopards of the Cape are highly elusive, which presents a unique challenge to their conservation. Anita along with her colleague, Jeannie Hayward, has conducted a large-scale camera-trap study, which has helped them further understand the distribution of Cape Leopards in the Boland region.
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