First ever leopard census in India shows impressive numbers

373412-leopard-afpThe very first leopard count in India has shown impressive numbers putting the population of the spotted cats at 7,910. The figure excludes the northeastern region of India. The leopard count was conducted in a similar manner as the usual tiger count where pictures of the leopards were captured in Jaldapara using camera-trapping and other evidences were gathered showing evidence of their presence.  The numbers are extrapolated to cover the entire forest landscape. There are leopards outside the areas we covered. Based on these numbers estimate India’s total leopard population to be in the range of 12,000 to 14,000.