Quentin and his team have done it again! After five months of monitoring, involving 6 000 km of driving and 1 500 km of hiking, Johan, he largest male cat caught during the history of the Trust, was recaptured on 31 March 2007.
When the battery on Johan’s GPS collar went dead just six months after it was initially fitted, the conservationists got to work, setting two traps within Johan’s habitat. At just under 800 square kilometres, this area is over ten times the size of what was expected for leopards in the Cedarburg area.
Through his indepth studies, Quentin has discovered that the leopards are attracted by pheromones. He used a well-known male fragrance to lure Johan to the same trap that was used to capture him the first time in February 2006.
Speaking from the Cedarburg on the eve of the Easter weekend, Quentin said that Johan looked fit and healthy, weighing in at 48kgs – 3kgs heavier than his last capture. Ideally, the GPS collars should last for 12 months in order to capture a full year of seasonal data.
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