Leopard Conservation Unveiled: From Mumbai’s Streets to Iran’s Wilderness

“Widely acknowledged as the largest leopard sub-species, the Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) is seen here with the kill of a wild pig in Tandoureh National Park, Kopetdag mountains, Iran-Turkmenistan border (Farhadinia et al. 2022, Status of Persian leopards in northern Iran and Central Asia, CATNews 15)”

“The Leopard – An Ideal Conservation Umbrella” is the second article in a series focusing on the leopard’s conservation efforts. The Indian leopard, classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, faces challenges due to human-leopard co-existence, with increasing contact leading to human-wildlife conflicts. Surprisingly, some urban and rural areas in India exhibit remarkable peaceful co-existence with leopards. In Jaipur’s Jhalana Forest reserve, where the Jain population respects all living beings, up to 40 leopards thrive alongside humans without conflict. Similarly, in the Gir forests of Gujarat, Asia’s only remaining wild lion population coexists with a high density of leopards. This article explores the complex dynamics of human-carnivore interactions and their impact on conservation efforts for the Indian and Persian leopard sub-species.

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