Instagram – January 13th, 2020
Illegal hunting, habitat loss and the bushmeat trade are having a negative impact on leopard numbers in South Africa. In recent years @pantheracats , the world’s leading wild cat conservation organisation, has run camera trap surveys to determine leopard density across the species’ range in South Africa and some neighbouring countries.
In 2017, @singita_ partnered with Panthera to run a camera trap survey on their land in the Sabi Sand to benchmark what is ecologically possible in terms of leopard density in a stable, well-protected population. The results of the survey were enlightening; at 12.2 leopards per 100km2 this is the highest density yet recorded by a Panthera survey.
Running continuous surveys aids Singita in ensuring that these precious wild cats are protected and we are delighted to partner with them and donate funds to the project.
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World-renowned for unsurpassed sightings of leopard in the wild, Singita Sabi Sand boasts the highest density of these usually elusive cats of any site surveyed by conservation partner, @pantheracats.
With more than 20 leopards residing on the reserve, Singita’s guests have the privilege of experiencing a well-protected leopard population at ecological carrying capacity.
Photo: Singita Field Guide Nick du Plessis