Opposition to leopard move slated

Translocation applicant defends plan to save stock-raiding big cats


Buffalo Kloof co-owner Warne Rippon has strongly defended his application to have four Baviaanskloof leopards transferred to the private-public reserve southeast of Makhanda, after a court granted an interim interdict at the weekend temporarily suspending the move.

Rippon said on Thursday that the leopards face being shot or poisoned on the farm near Steytlerville where they presently reside because they are attacking livestock, and Buffalo Kloof would give them sanctuary, plentiful wild prey and fierce security...

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