Leopards (Panthera pardus) are among the highly threatened species in India, with over 260 poached in four years while many others were killed in accidents and retaliatory events. Classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN, their numbers have dropped to around 15,000 in the country from several thousands.
Being an extremely adaptable species, leopards are distributed widely in forests as well as in human-use areas across large parts of India. Considering their close spatial association with humans (who are often unaware of the leopards living around them), leopards come into conflict only exceedingly rarely.
Read more: Leopard Project