It appears that the viral videos of leopards frequently crossing the human habitation boundaries knocked the government officials and wildlife officials! The news is – in first of its kinds conservation effort, the government of Rajasthan is introducing and launching the ‘Project Leopard’ in Jhalana Reserve Forest of Jaipur along with eight conservation reserves and sanctuaries across Rajasthan.
With that the Jhalana reserve will be upgraded with an outer periphery wall and designated as a Leopard Reserve. The blue print of the project is ready with the forest department and would be launched in the first week of October that also happens to be the `Wildlife Week’.
Besides that, the project spread across 1,926.80 square km of sanctuaries in the state, aims at mitigating human-leopard conflicts and conserving the leopard population. Wildlife specialist Valmik Thapar stated “It is the first effort in the world at conserving leopards by reducing conflict between the animal and the man. The core of our mission is based on the crying need to create a better relationship between man and leopard in Rajasthan and secure leopard population which otherwise could dwindle and eventually die out. This unique scheme will enhance the status of the Leopard and boost wildlife tourism across Rajasthan thereby impacting hugely on local economies,”
The project Leopard will run in eight sanctuaries; Jaisamand Sanctuary in Udaipur, Bassi Sanctuary in Chittorgarh, Shergarh Sanctuary in Baran, Kumbhalgarh Sanc tuary-Raoli Todgarh Sanctuary (stretched from Ajmer to Udaipur), Mount Abu Sanctuary-Sundamata Conservation Reserve, Jhalana Aamagarh Conservation Reserve, Jaipur, Jawai Conservation Reserve, Pali and Khetri Bansyal Conservation Reserve, Jhunjhunu.