Wild Cats badly need help!!
Aimed at assisting the better conservation of leopards, great emphasis was placed on the Sri Lankan Leopard Day, which was a concept proposed by the WNPS and adopted and endorsed by the Department of Wildlife, in 2021. Accordingly, a special media focus was facilitated in parallel to the second Sri Lankan Leopard Day, which was on the first of August 2022.
The WNPS Wild Cat committee release several press articles, conduced forums and even the WNPS monthly lecture was around this topic. Provided below are the links of some of the articles and media releases, which make interesting and insightful reading.
THE LAST PAWPRINTS - Click here
WILL LEOPARDS SHARE THE SAME FATE AS ELEPHANTS? - Click here
News first special media discussion parallel to Sri Lankan Leopard Day - Click here
Saving leopard from extinction - Click here
WNPS Monthly Lecture: Conservation of the Sri Lankan Leopard - Click here
FIGHTING FOR THE CONTINUED PRESENCE OF THE SRI LANKAN LEOPARD IN THE WILD
Six research stations have been set up by the WNPS at Panama, Morningside, Kilinochchi, Belihul Oya, Nallathanniya, and Sigiriya. The project monitors the presence of leopards in these selected geographical areas, using camera traps and surveys. The research centers liaise with local wildlife and forest officers, other conservationists, and also serve as educational hubs to generate awareness amongst the local communities, including knowledge dissemination and generating research-based human-leopard conflict mitigation measures. This is timely and critical, in addressing the increasing number of leopard deaths in Sri Lanka, predominantly through snares set up in a human-dominated landscape. Our appreciation to our partner LOLC for funding this entire project which is tagged as a ”Multi-Regional Monitoring System for the Conservation of the Sri Lankan Leopard”.