India’s first leopard reserve offers lessons in coexistence, conservation

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Ecosystem conservation via community participation. Synopsis: Communities have long co-existed with leopards in Jhalana (Rajasthan) which is India’s first leopard reserve declared in 2016. Benefits of leopard conservation Stray dog population is kept under check Forest acts as a temperature and pollutant sink Leopards scavenge carcasses of cattle that villagers would otherwise… Continue reading India’s first leopard reserve offers lessons in coexistence, conservation

Uttarakhand, Maharashtra had highest leopard poaching in India: TRAFFIC study

News: TRAFFIC India has released a paper titled ‘‘SPOTTED’ in Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Peek into Ongoing Poaching and Illegal Trade of Leopards in India’. Facts: Key Takeaways: The seizure and mortality of ‘common leopards’ revealed that of the total of 747 leopard deaths between 2015-2019 in India, 596 were linked to illegal wildlife trade… Continue reading Uttarakhand, Maharashtra had highest leopard poaching in India: TRAFFIC study