Leopard Bulletin Volume 1.1

Nakedi Maputla

There is not much to tell at the moment. I'm still working on the proposal, as most will agree that to work with beautiful animals such as leopards, preparation is of utmost importance. As a result, on Sunday March the 2nd I will travel to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to see one of the leading authorities on African Large Carnivores in an attempt to share ideas and prepare a suitable project to be conducted in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The main aim here is to look at the ecology of the leopards in the region for conservation purposes.

About the Author

Nakedi Maputla is African Wildlife Foundation’s Senior Conservation Scientist. He joined AWF in 2007, working in South Africa's Limpopo region, where he comes from. Nakedi's initial work was focused on studying the great African cats to shape conservation strategies to benefit communities that he has known all his life. In 2014, Nakedi moved on from the Limpopo region, becoming AWF’s Landscape Ecologist in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was based in Djolu up to 2016, when he returned to South Africa. Until late 2018, Nakedi served as AWF’s Senior Partnership Manager, Southern Africa, representing the organization in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. He attained a Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology/Animal Biology from the University of Pretoria in 2014 and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice from the University of Oxford in 2009. In addition to his BSc in Zoology/Botany, Nakedi also holds a Higher Diploma in Education and taught at a high school in Pretoria before joining AWF.