The below article is courtesy of Kruger 2 Canyon newspaper. Visit the Kruger 2 Canyon website at www.kruger2canyon.co.za
Hoedspruit companies come to the rescue
HOEDSPRUIT – The Leopard Conservation Project (LCP) received a call from the Nature Conservation authorities that a leopard had been trapped in an illegal cage trap and needed urgently to be rescued. They were not sure how long it had been in the cage, and as these animals dehydrate extremely quickly because of stress, the situation was desperate.
Fred Berrangé immediately contacted Sarie van Vuuren at Kruger2Canyon News to help find a sponsor to assist with the costs in order to rescue the animal. Within a few minutes Lizelle Erasmus and Estelle Smith from Agripark (Elle Property Group) kindly contributed R2000 towards the fuel costs.
Fred immediately left Hoedspruit on the 1000km round trip to Lephalale to fetch the leopard. Unfortunately the leopard could not be released immediately due to its injuries and had to be brought back to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) to be treated and monitored after its life threatening ordeal. Once this leopard is strong enough to come out of the hospital at HESC, he will be released into a newly upgraded temporary holding facility.
Several Hoedspruit companies contributed towards upgrading this facility. Martin, Tracy, Gerrit-Jan and Michael from Zandspruit Bush & Aero Estate, as well as Bertus from Lowveld Building Supplies and Chris from Hoedspruit Steel, got the facility perfectly upgraded at no cost to LCP or HESC.
A leopard previously rescued by LCP and treated at HESC was put into the upgraded facility on August 17. The new arrival will hopefully make a speedy recovery from the hospital after which the upgraded facility will be used to rehabilitate it.