Leeto the Leopard
- By: Chris Eksteen
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/leeto-the-leopard
Leeto is a lonely leopard living in the Cape Mountains of South Africa. In this artfully crafted and illustrated story, Leeto goes hunting…… this time for a friend. Meeting many characters along the way and learning valuable life lessons on this journey, Leeto finally finds his longed for mate, Lara leopard.
Now Leeto and the Cape Leopard Trust need your help!
It is a sad, heart-breaking reality many children in South Africa live in desperate circumstances without a single storybook to call their own. We want to change this, by inspiring youngsters to see nature and wildlife as something to be treasured. As part of our environmental education outreach programme the Cape Leopard Trust, in partnership with a group of like-minded individuals, has created a leopard story book which is also a valuable conservation tool. In easy to understand prose, to be translated into English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, the story is a tale of growing up in the wild and addresses some of the dangers leopards face in their fight for survival. Following on from the story, there are pages of fun activities and a facts section, educating children about the mysterious and secretive leopards of the Cape. Our dream is to publish ‘Footprints in the Fynbos’ and give the gift of a book to 1000 underprivileged children. We also hope to have the book on sale at popular bookshops to help raise funds for our education project to enable us to reach more children in need, but first we need to raise R250 000 to get the project to its first print run.
More about the book:
The book is an accessible, entertaining and interactive platform, aimed at participants between the ages of 7 and14. It explains the importance of conserving endangered animal species (especially predators), and encourages youngsters to take interest and pride in the natural environment. Rather than being presented didactically, the learning outcomes in the book are introduced in a fun way by weaving conservation facts and activities around a story. Witty and engaging illustrations and photographs complement the text that will bring a smile to any child's face. The font used in the book is dyslexic friendly, making it accessible to children with special needs.
Every R50 pledge will enable us to gift a child a 72-page book and engage them in a fun way, providing a rare opportunity of distraction from the difficulties they face on a daily basis. A book is also an important legacy, something to call one's own, that can be revisited time and time again.
The next step for this project:
The book needs to be translated into isiXhosa and Afrikaans as well as into an audiobook to ensure it is accessible to differently-abled learners. In the longer term, a sign language version of the book will be produced to spread the love even wider.
The story of Leeto and his friends is an important one, if we are to protect the Cape's fragile biodiversity for future generations.
Help us to bring this dream to life.
We should not forget what a gift it is for us to still have wild leopards around us in the Cape, keeping our ecosystems in balance. We would be much poorer without them.
To find out more about the project or to offer your support contact [email protected].
- Sep 10, 2020 - R 211.50
- "Wonderful initiative Education and Conservation." - Norah Pretorius
- Sep 09, 2020 - R 211.50
- "Well done. It would be good to distribute this book more widely and donate some proceeds to charity. I would be interested in buying this for my child too. " - Andrew
- Sep 09, 2020 - R 110.00
Let the children read and learn abour our precious indigenous Fynbos." - Freda
- Sep 09, 2020 - USD $ 29.46
- "Missing the Cederberg and SA" - Debra & Daniel Zuppinger
- Sep 08, 2020 - R 105.75
- "Wonderful initiative Education and Conservation." - Simone Theron
- Aug 30, 2020 - USD $ 29.96
- "Great initiative. " - Tony Park
- Aug 28, 2020 - USD $ 11.72
- "This is a good thing" - Andreas Rawiel
- Aug 28, 2020 - USD $ 58.95
- "I wish your project to be successful." - Michele Petetin
- Aug 28, 2020 - USD $ 13.19
- "I hope to see other conservation areas follow this excellent idea. " - Anonomys
- Aug 17, 2020 - R 211.50
- "Wonderful initiative, well done. " - Margie Adcock
- Aug 07, 2020 - R 52.88
|garub" - Anonymous
- Aug 07, 2020 - R 211.50
Great initiative! A fun way to teach such an important message!" - Jennie Hill
- Aug 05, 2020 - USD $ 57.42
- "Good Luck with this great initiative! " - Margaret Baran
- Aug 05, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Lovely initiative, support this all the way." - Meagan Bromfield
- Aug 05, 2020 - R 52.88
- "Thank you for bringing the world of leopards to the conservationists of the future. " - Anonymous
- Aug 05, 2020 - USD $ 114.85
- "Great initiative " - Morgan Family
- Aug 05, 2020 - R 105.75
- "lover of the outdoors and books so here is my little bit " - M. Brown
- Aug 05, 2020 - R 52.88
- "Happy to support this wonderful initiative" - Annerie
- Jul 20, 2020 - R 212.00
The book looks beautiful!" - Roland Kamp
- Jul 18, 2020 - R 70.35
- "Thank for the work you do, CLT" - Angel Kamp
- Jul 18, 2020 - USD $ 6.00
- "Good luck & Happy Mandela Day." - Jenna C
- Jul 18, 2020 - R 70.35
- "Happy Mandela Day! " - Yvonne Kamp
- Jul 15, 2020 - R 52.50
- "Fantastic project. All the best!" - Anonymous
The Cape Leopard Trust
The Cape Leopard Trust is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation engaged in innovative research, conservation and education projects established to facilitate and promote the conservation of biological diversity, with a focus on the Cape mountain leopard as a flagship species. Since its inception in 2004, the CLT has gradually gained momentum with a number of projects currently running in the Western and Northern Cape.
The Cape Leopard Trust is made up of a small, but highly dedicated, educated and enthusiastic team. Our employees are spread across a number of project areas in the Cederberg, Boland, Namaqualand, Cape Peninsula and Gouritz corridor mountains, and include research on leopards, caracals and jackal. We also run high impact environmental education projects in the Cederberg and greater Cape Town area.