Billabong and The Landmark Foundation Launch Exclusive T’s to Create Awareness About Leopards!
The Landmark Foundation’s leopard and predator project addresses the persecution of predators and leopards in particular, by having established a leopard rescue, rehabilitation, release and research program.
We are excited about the launch of our exclusive tee-shirt range in collaboration with The Landmark Foundation. A percentage of sales will be donated to the foundation. The money generated from this initiative will help the Landmark Foundation to continue protecting leopard and other predators outside of protected areas where they need it most. These funds will go directly to protecting livestock where leopards occur, such as sheep collars, guarding animals such Anatolian dogs and Alpacas to reduce conflict between producers and predators.
The leopard (Panthera pardus) is a protected species. They are often the last remaining top predators in much of their range. Therefore, they play an essential role in the ecosystem and by ensuring leopards remain in the system other species from antelope to plants are automatically conserved. These animals are not restricted to protected areas as obstacles such as fences are easily crossed.
What The Landmark Foundation do:
Merely 20% of South Africa’s landscape is protected and our efforts are not limited to these fragments. We focus on establishing regional scale connectivity of leopard populations across the country by working with private landowners who make up 80% of South Africa’s land and host 80% of the countries biodiversity (animal and plant species). Here we can ensure that leopard along with other species have habitat available to ensure their survival for future generations. Our research indicates that these animals are indeed in need of conservation priority. Much of our efforts is spent on providing farmers with holistic and ethical means of reducing conflict between humans and predators. This has included the use of guard dogs and alpacas and livestock protective collars which protect livestock from predators. We have a strong advocacy campaign against lethal controls such as gin-traps which often catch all species from duiker and porcupine to jackal and leopard, as they are unselective devices. By using holistic devices mentioned above biodiversity is not threatened and economic studies have indicated dramatic success when using holistic management devices compared to lethal controls such as gin-traps and hunting. We expand habitats for predators through the establishment of private nature reserves and participating farmers.
The Landmark Foundations main objectives:
· Rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured species
· Advocacy to ban gin and poison traps
· Research into leopard ecology and management at landscape level
· Instituting holistic management methodologies on participating farms
· Developing a green brand and consumer awareness for you to make a difference
· Education to youth groups regarding predators.
By buying this garment you are helping save leopards and conserving biodiversity across the landscape, thank you.For more information visit: www.landmarkfoundation.org.za
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