Dr Matthew Schurch

Let me introduce myself in as short a way as possible, I am a professional Astronomer who at the weekends turns into a self styled leopard researcher! I started the Kgalagadi Leopard Project after a trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in 2011. For the story behind how this happened please see the history page.


I completed an MSci in Physics with Astronomy at the University of Bristol in 2004. After a year travelling around Australia and Africa I started a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Southampton under the guidance of Prof. Malcolm Coe. My PhD was focused on the population of high-mass X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud. After finishing my PhD in 2009 I took up a Post-Doctoral research position at the University of Cape Town. I am currently a Honorary research Fellow at the University of Cape Town. My research is primarily focused on accreting binaries and astrophysical transient phenomena.

When in the park

When we are out and about looking for wild animals keep an eye out for our green Toyota Prado with the project logo on the sides. We are always happy to chat about leopards or anything for that matter, and we can even try and identify any sightings on the spot using the guides that we carry around. Also, if you see us at a sighting do please take a photo of us and send it to the project to be featured here.

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