Brutus or Caesar? Now visitors can identify individual leopards at Yala National Park

Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, the island’s most visited wilderness area, has introduced a new information center that lets visitors identify the area’s star attraction: Sri Lankan leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya).

The Yala Leopard Center (YLC) contains information on 102 leopards documented through an identification initiative called the Yala Leopard Diary (YLD), started by wildlife enthusiast Milinda Wattegedara and his team in 2013 to collect data and photographic records of the leopards found in Yala Block-I. The park is divided into five sections, and Block-I, at 14,101 hectares (34,844 acres), is the most popular section for wildlife viewing.

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