Saturday, November 16, 2013

What does the Leopard ID Project hope to achieve?



www.leopardidproject.com

Mission statement: 
"To be the most effective and largest single formatted central database for leopard intelligence of it's kind in Africa, while simultaneously raising funds and awareness for leopard conservation through our Safaris."
Guy Ellis, founder of LIP


And this is Guy, pretending to be...


THIS...
But not nearly as successfully camouflaged.


Although he my not be able to hide like one,
his passion for these endangered cats is palpable... 

Sitting at a sighting like this makes me realize how lucky we are to still have leopards.
Even though there are those, legal and illegal who are trying to get rid of them 

The project hopes to be able to accurately identify and track the leopard population of Southern Africa 

How? 

 Our Aim: 
To collect data from Southern Africa in one format and to be stored in one location, while having as little impact on the animals as possible.
To collaborate with conservation organisations and share our data in order to minimise data collection efforts and costs.
To raise funds and awareness for leopard conservation.
Reduce the use of collars as we believe they are not as effective as positive photo ID's. Photos have no impact on the animal. Collars on average cause an increase in body-weight of about 8-10kg for every year that it is on the leopard. 
This can cause choking and strangulation.Complete accurate population estimates.Prepare a database of leopard blood lines in certain areas.
-To essentially be effective in aiding leopard conservation in Southern Africa. 

If their aims can be met,
visitors to our reserves will be able to see these creatures for many years to come 

'Ol Blue eyes...
Perhaps they should call this Leopard Frank?

Leopard spotting is like scuba diving...
remember to look UP. 

A heart stopping look 

Teeth bigger than those of a lion! 

"This IS my good side" 

"I can eat with my eyes closed"... 

You DO NOT want to walk into this in the dark 

"Dinner can wait...
I want to check out what is in the vehicle below me.
I was told that it is tough on the outside, but chewy and tasty inside" 

I truly hope that as a result of this project and Guys' passion,
this is not all that will be left of the leopard populations around Africa 

I want to be able to capture images for years to come... 

And to be able to get close without interfering  

Many thanks to Guy, Joel and Ben for an awesome experience



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