Leopards recorded on Agulhas Plain
New cameras placed on the Agulhas Plain have captured the first pictures of leopards in the mountains here, according to the Landmark Foundation. Four of the camera stations recorded leopard activity since June this year, while also picking up a "vast amount of animal activity on all the cameras".
Jeannine McManus, researcher at the Foundation, said they have now identified three leopards living on the Plain - two male and one female leopard. Six individuals have been identified across the survey region, which includes Hermanus and the Hemel and Aarde Valley. She says while this is a low population that may be isolated, there is a narrow corridor that could potentially link them to the population living in the De Hoop area.
Other animal activity captured on cameras include African wild cat, badgers and striped polecats. "The frequent number of African wild cat we picked up throughout the area (Cape Infanta to Hermanus) is the highest frequency we have picked up in all surveyed areas in the Eastern and Western Cape." She said nine wild cat activities were recorded at eight different stations.