Imagine sitting back and breathing in the fresh Betty’s Bay sea air and a large predator casually strolls into your garden. Jup, Van As Jordaan, Betty’s Bay resident and academic, caught spectacular footage of a leopard at his house in the Overberg district of the Western Cape last week.
See footage of the beautiful creature lurking onto Jordaan’s property below
On 11 June, 33 Betty’s Bay penguins were sadly victim to this leopard’s surplus killing. The leopard was spotted near the colony where 33 penguins were killed, but only two were fed off. SANCCOB confirmed the wounds on the birds were consistent with those caused by a leopard.
Following the penguin attacks, CapeNature announced that protection of endangered African penguins will increase at Stony Point in Betty's Bay.
Dog patrols are conducted randomly to aid in defensive scent marking, while camera traps have been set up in locations to remotely monitor occurrences.
Stony Point is one of the largest breeding colonies of endangered African penguins in the world and has been showing a measurable increase in breeding pairs, especially in comparison to declining populations of most island colonies.
Back in 2010, when the African penguin was declared endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, there were only about 1 244 pairs, but today it is home to over 2 388 breeding pairs.
Since its establishment in 1982 when the first active nest site was recorded, Stony Point has continued to house breeding pairs of African penguin, despite a period between the 1980s and 1990s when more than 100 birds were predated by a leopard.
CapeNature took over the management of the colony in June 2014 and will embrace the adaptive management process to find a best practice resolution for the colony.
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