TreadRight Partners With Leading Conservation Groups In South Africa

An Anatolian Shepherd

The TreadRight Foundation has partnered with leading conservation organizations – Cheetah Outreach and The Cape Leopard Trust – to help local communities in South Africa protect themselves and their livestock responsibly and sustainably, while also helping protect one of Africa’s most endangered wild animals – the Cape Leopard.

One of the few predators at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat and its surrounding region in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa, the Cape Leopard is being directly impacted as the local human population grows, which has led to an increase in instances of Cape Leopards attacking domestic livestock. Consequentially, this has caused there to be a sharp increase in the number of Cape Leopards killed by farmers. 

Bushmans Kloof and TreadRight, working with neighbouring farmers, have partnered Cheetah Outreach and The Cape Leopard Trust to adopt and adapt community protection and predator management solutions through the introduction of three Anatolian Shepherd dogs to live there as livestock guardian dogs.

“We at Bushmans Kloof feel an innate sense of responsibility for not only our guests and our staff, but for the communities with which we share this magnificent part of the Cape and South Africa," said Rory du Plessis, general manager, Bushmans Kloof.“Finding natural solutions to problems in nature is a must. The TreadRight Foundation’s efforts in finding a responsible solution to protection of local livestock, and at the same time helping the Cape Leopard community continue to grow and thrive, is appreciated more than words can express. Not only will these canine caretakers keep indigenous wildlife alive, they keep alive the spirit of living in balance – an ethos central to Bushmans Kloof – which is important for us all to learn from.” 

The TreadRight Foundation is supporting the placement of the Anatolian Shepherds with local farmers, providing the cost of raising the dogs through their first year. The dogs are regularly monitored by Cheetah Outreach to oversee proper training and help ensure the dogs reach their full potential. 

A Cape Leopard

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