Leopard safely translocated to natural environment

by CapeNature

A leopard that was recently seen approaching a vehicle in Gordon’s Bay has been safely rehomed in a natural environment within the Western Cape.

A video which went viral on social media this week depicted footage of the young female approaching a stationary vehicle with occupants inside.

On Monday 27 March, 2017 the animal was coincidentally caught on a smallholding near Gordon’s Bay in a cage trap legally set for feral dogs and caracal. The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) was able to identify it as the same leopard that was seen in the video, as well as in other previous encounters in the Gordon’s Bay area. CapeNature’s conservation services officials, a veterinarian and a CLT researcher responded to the call out and inspected the animal.

With the safety and protection of the animal in mind, as well as the threat it potentially poses to humans, careful consideration was given to determine the most appropriate action. Given it was a young female, no more than 2-years-old, the chances of the animal infringing on another leopard’s territory would be limited. It was, therefore, collectively determined that the best course of action would be to translocate the animal to a safer habitat where it will be able to live freely in a natural environment. The translocation was successfully completed and the leopard is healthy and living back in the wild.



    March 29, 2017 4:45 pm

    A great outcome for a beautiful animal that clearly stole the hearts of over 300,000 people.
    Well done to CLT and Cape Nature!

  • Liza Groenewald

    March 29, 2017 5:21 pm

    Thank you for relocating the leopard. It jumped in front of our car a week before the video was taken. Also stood up.against the car numerous times. Not afraid at all. When we drove off, it actually ran after the car. We were very concerned for its safety and phoned the spca who sent out their wildlife inspector. Relieved to know it is.now in a safer environment.
    Thank you!

  • Anna waller

    March 30, 2017 3:43 am

    Although I live in Australia I love news from home so pleased the leopard is now safe k

  • Clifford Graham Kent

    March 30, 2017 8:41 am

    Well done to all involved, a successful translocation such as this is first prize in anyone’s book!
    This has made my day,
    Keep up the good work!

  • Alouise Lynch

    March 30, 2017 11:24 am

    Spectacular cat, and an admirable call by conservation authorities in regards to the Leopards safety!!! Well done to everyone involved!!!

  • Craig Lotter

    March 30, 2017 11:39 am

    A great end to the story then. Thank you for the good work as always!

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  • Michael Hanson

    March 30, 2017 6:33 pm

    Well done CapeNature for relocating the animal

  • Wessel Johannes Hendrik Wessels

    March 31, 2017 1:56 pm

    I am wondering what the potential risk is to humans within the area that she was.
    What does the statistics say about Western Cape Leopards in regards to urban attacks. I cant remember hearing of one single attack by a Leopard that was not provoked or being hunted or wounded.
    I am sure the guy’s and girls at the Leopard foundation knows what they are doing and dont dispute any action that they have taken…. but just would like to hear of any statistics that they might have, particularly in the Western Cape.

  • Linda Austin

    April 6, 2017 11:37 pm

    Well done. Am sure she will be happier there also.


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