Sponsor a Leopard with Green Leaf Alternative Solutions & The Green Centre Team
We would like to point our valued readers attention to this months biodiversity day on May 22nd.
Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the term used to describe the variety of life found on Earth and all of the natural processes.
The different aspects of biodiversity all have a very strong influence on each other. It is helpful to think of an ecosystem as a woven carpet; if you pull on a loose thread it might only affect the thread and those closest to it or it might unravel the whole carpet.
Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day. It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century. (www.biologicaldiversity.org)
There is an immensely rich species diversity in South Africa. With a land surface area of 1,1 million km2 – representing just 1% of the earth’s total land surface – South Africa contains almost 10% of the world’s total known bird, fish and plant species, and over 6% of the world’s mammal and reptile species. This natural wealth is threatened by growing human populations and their demands on the environment. (www.botany.uwc.ac.za).
Green Leaf Alternative Solutions would like to focus our reader’s attention towards the leopard population in the North West Province of South Africa. Unfortunately leopards in this area incur the some of worst outcomes of illegal killing, canned-leopard hunts, and cross-border smuggling. In an intensive three-year study on mammals in the province, the results showed that there were extremely low numbers of leopards found in the area due to the above reasons.
Leopards are extremely difficult to monitor due to their elusiveness.
Green Leaf Alternative Solutions has teamed up with Bobtons Construction under the Green Leaf Centre and the Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Department of the North West Provincial Government to raise awareness towards leopard conservation in the Magaliesberg Mountains of the North West Province.
Thanks to the North West Provincial Government’s initiatives, trophy hunting has been reduced by 50% and 5 leopard cubs have been produced in the province.
We are asking our valued clients and anyone who is interested to help out by sponsoring a collar for a leopard so these animals can be monitored on a closer level.
Up to date, three leopards have been successfully collared in the province, two of which are in the Magaliesberg area.
Should you wish to sponsor a collar please contact Katie@greenleafas.co.za for all of the necessary details.
Our valued clients that contribute to the cause will receive regular personal updates on their successfully collared leopard. There will also be additional information available at the Green Centre on these collared leopards and their activity.
Thanks to everyone who came to say hello at the Bryanston Shopping Centre Earth Day Expo this past month, it was a huge success and we were happy to be a part of it!