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The Cape Leopard Trust was established in 2004 as a predator conservation group. It uses scientific research as the foundation to support its conservation initiatives and has projects in the Cederberg, the Boland, the Gouritz area, the Namaqualand National Park and Table Mountain National Park.

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An environmental education component runs in parallel to the research, raising awareness of biodiversity conservation by offering outings, presentations and wilderness camps to children and young adults.

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The organisation is wholly dependent on donor support, and once a year holds a celebration fundraiser event. The venue for 2015 is Leopards Leap Family Vineyards, and the date not to be missed is Saturday, 15 August.

Against all odds the Cape leopard continues to survive in the remote mountains around us, and having leopards in our back yard is an indicator that our eco-system is healthy. Let’s try and keep it that way. As we remember Cecil the lion and the increasing threats to big cats everywhere, its time to come together in unity to honour our leopards.

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Four top Cape Town chefs will prepare an exquisite luncheon at a spectacular Franschoek setting in the company of MC’s Afrika Melane and Elana Afrika-Bredencamp. The lunch will be followed by a short auction and light entertainment. Some amazing wildlife focused auction lots are on offer including two nights at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Lodge where the loggerhead turtles come ashore for their annual nesting visit, a two night escape at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town and two nights at the magical Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg with Avis car hire and a Virgin Limited Edition package with two nights at Franshoek’s Mont Rochelle and a personal conservation experience lead by Boland Cape Leopard Trust researchers, followed by two nights at Richard Branson’s flagship property Ulusaba including flights to and from Cape Town.

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Guests will be encouraged to ‘show their spots’ and join the Panthera IFakeIt campaign by having a photo taken wearing leopard print and join the global effort to support leopard conservation. Where better to do this than at Leopards Leap in front of the Dylan Lewis leopard sculpture.

Tickets include a sumptuous lunch prepared by Pieter de Jager of Leopards Leap, Michelle Theron of Pierneef La Motte, Christo Pretorius of the 12 Apostels Hotel & Spa and Floris Smith of Bushmanskloof with exceptional wines from Leopards Leap. Come and meet The Cape Leopard Trust team in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Tickets are available at R1500 each, the proceeds of which go directly to the Cape Leopard Trust. Bookings can be made with Kelly Veldhuis on 021 433 1699 or by email: clt@opulentliving.co.za.

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The Cape Leopard Trust is also a beneficiary of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme. Get your MyPlanet card and add them as a beneficiary!

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