Jivan, a six-year-old male leopard that was radio-collared in Mumbai on 24 January 2022, is the latest of four individuals paving the path for understanding human-leopard interactions in the urban landscape.
The leopard was named 'Jivan' to honour the memory of Jivanayakam Cyril Daniel or J. C. Daniel who studied the leopards of Mumbai in the 1970s and 80s.
His book titled, 'The Leopard in India', published in 1996, was among the first to collate anecdotes, stories of interactions with people and the available information on leopards in India.
A six-year-old female leopard named 'Kranti' was also radio-collared in Mumbai on 14 January 2022. Jivan and Kranti are a part of an ongoing research project conducted by us in collaboration with the Maharashtra Forest Department. Dr. Nikhil Bangar from Wildlife SOS, assisted by Dr. Rashmi Gokhale, provided veterinary expertise for this project and ensured a smooth collaring procedure for the leopard.