During August 2008 Department of Nature Conservation was contacted by the Eksteenskuil Co-op to assist farmers in the Langklaas islands where their livestock were being attacked by a predator thought to be a leopard. Nature Conservation assisted the farmers by setting a cage to capture the leopard. In September 2008 the leopard was captured and the community was very surprised because this was history in Eksteenskuil. This is an intensive farming area and comparatively densely populated. Nobody expected a leopard on the Islands of Eksteenskuil. The community assisted Nature Conservation with the task to capture the leopard. The leopard was relocated to a nature reserve.
Leopards are one of South Africa’s last remaining large carnivores. These elusive and majestic creatures are by far the most successful of the big cats because they are so adaptable and are able to hunt, survive and reproduce in some of South Africa’s harshest environments. These solitary roamers are found from the beaches of Cape Agulhas all the way to Northern most tip of South Africa.