Avis continues to contribute to Leopard Conservation
Avis is honoured to continue assisting The Cape Leopard Trust in its important work of estimating how many leopards still roam the Boland mountains, by providing them with its second vehicle.
"With the leopard species being under threat it is becoming increasingly important for us to fast track our research, but in order to do so we need equipment and resources. This is second vehicle provided to us by Avis, their ongoing support has made a huge impact on our day-to-day operations,” says Quinton Martins, CEO of The Cape Leopard Trust.
The Trust’s primary aim is to determine whether the leopards of the Western Cape region should be considered as a unique genetic unit – a group of small leopards weighing up to half that of their northern cousins. At present, the leopard fills the role of apex predator in the Cederberg and the rest of the Western Cape; however, its conservation status remains uncertain. The species is regularly removed or exterminated from farms with little knowledge of population or genetic status, whether these removals are sustainable or whether the factors giving rise to conflict are established.
Keith Rankin, Avis Chief Executive, Southern Africa says “The sponsorship is closely aligned with Avis’ long involvement with sponsoring environmental and wildlife projects. Providing the Cape Leopard Trust with the Polo Vivo will assist in their day to day running of the organization. The Toyota 4x4 Double Cab handed over in 2011 and upgraded in 2012 continues to assist the trust navigate tough terrain in order to collar and monitor a number of leopards in the winelands.”