Leopard Ecology & Conservation
Fierce, Fast and Fur-ocious
Leopards are the world's most widespread big cat, with subspecies living across sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, China, and India. These highly adaptable felines thrive in wild habitats ranging from savannas to jungles to temperate forests to alpine heights, but they can survive almost anywhere, even in areas with dense human populations.
The Indian leopard is reclusive by nature. But of late it is increasingly venturing into human habitation because of dwindling prey base, habitat loss, and poaching. There it preys on a variety of domestic and stray animals. Occasionally, it may also attack humans, particularly children, and women. Conflicts arising from leopards straying into human habitation are mounting in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, tea gardens of Assam, Western Ghats, and in the suburbs of Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Guwahati.
However, in many parts of India, leopards live in close proximity to human habitations with surprisingly low levels of conflict. Rural folk in many of these areas are often remarkably tolerant of the presence of these wild and potentially dangerous predators; but the threat to human lives even if rare is real.
The Nature’s Eye provides with an opportunity to enhance your understanding of this versatile carnivore, and new ideas for supporting leopard conservation efforts in India and beyond.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:
Nikit Surve (Programme Manager at Wildlife Conservation Society-India)
Nikit has been associated with the Wildlife Conservation Society – of India since 2015. Currently, he is a Program Manager in the human-wildlife Interactions program at WCS – India. He completed his Post graduation from the Wildlife Institute of India in 2015. As a part of his Master’s dissertation, he studied the ecology of leopards living in the Urban landscape of Mumbai. After this, he continued his research to learn and understand the complex relationship between humans and leopards. Nikit is keen on collaborating with other like-minded individuals from different disciplines. He aims to facilitate co-existence in this landscape using scientific research and community engagement. He also received the Sanctuary Asia young Naturalist award in 2017 in appreciation of his conservation and research work. His research interests are human-animal interactions, urban ecology, and landscape ecology.
Date: 28th January 2023
Time: 5:00 PM (IST)
Early Bird Till 15th Jan
Till 22nd Jan:
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