Leopard spotted at Cape golf course

2012-11-22 16:28

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An inquisitive leopard was caught on camera roaming the fence at Pearl Valley Golf Estate recently, just weeks after the installation of a first if its kind perimeter security system. The system forms part of a R5.5 million security upgrade of Pearl Valley Estates, which places a priority on resident and guest safety. 

The leopard was detected by the advanced video analytics of one of the thermal cameras on the perimeter of the estate and was then followed along the fence with the normal analog Pan, Tilt and Zoom cameras. A full graphical mapping system and two-way audio allowed the operators to react in real time through the Video Management System to track and trace the leopard and inform the security guards to keep a watchful eye. 

Leopards are common yet elusive inhabitants of the Cape mountains and adjacent areas and are rarely seen this low down in the valley.

"A perimeter alarm was immediately activated in the Security Control Room and upon inspection of the camera image we realised that a leopard had come for a late night visit in the outer area of the estate," says Security Manager, Adriaan Bosch.

A veritable sanctuary of animal life, flora and fauna, has also identified over 120 different bird species on the domain, while its horticultural department ensures that 80% of all residential and public gardens consist of indigenous plantings. In addition, 40ha of the 212ha estate has been set aside as a biodiversity corridor which preserves threatened alluvium fynbos and allows for smaller animal life to flourish.

"Pearl Valley Golf Estates puts a premium on the safety of all our local and international residents and guests that have chosen an estate lifestyle. With our new security measures, Pearl Valley epitomises a lifestyle of luxury, convenience and security," says Gawie Marx, Pearl Valley General Manager. 

Set beneath the towering Drakenstein Mountains between Paarl and Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, Pearl Valley Golf Estates is not only one of South Africa's top golf courses, but presents a luxury experience for leisure, accommodation, conferencing and golfing alike.

Apart from its internationally-renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, facilities at Pearl Valley Golf Estates appeal to the modern lifestyle that include a sanctuary-like Spa, advanced wellness gym, nature trails, horse-riding, an outdoor boma and a scenic, heated pool area with its pool bar, members lounge and the Valley Restaurant.

In setting the highest standard on golf utilising advanced software, Pearl Valley has also recently installed the ProLink GPS & information system to its fleet of 70 golf carts, the biggest in the Western Cape.

 
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