Initiation of a Multi-regional Monitoring System to Conserve the Sri Lankan Leopard

The iconic Panthera pardus kotiya or the Sri Lankan leopard has been threatened to the point that conservationists are now taking extra efforts to prevent its population from becoming extinct. The sub-species of this charismatic animal is endemic to Sri Lanka and widely distributed across the island’s dry zones and low country wet zones with habitats ranging to the cloud forests of the highest elevations in the country. As means of initiating and sustaining a science-based conservation strategy it is important to understand the distribution and ecology of the Sri Lankan leopard. To bridge this gap, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) partnered with LOLC Holdings PLC to establish a network of specialized leopard conservation locations and Research Centres across geographically important areas in the country.

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