Rajasthan is well-known for its multiple national parks. People come here to have a glimpse of elusive wild animals and migratory birds. To add to the already existing safaris, Jhalana Forest is coming up with a leopard safari. The forest in Jaipur has a good population of leopards so it was only obvious to let people see them.
The safari will open to public from 1st of December. The cost of full day safaris is rupees ten thousand and for half day, it’s rupees five thousand for tourists. Add this leopard destination to your winter holiday list.
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.
Royal Rajasthan, Roaring Rajasthan!
More of the big cats will be glorifying the timeless heritage of Rajasthan. Rajasthan will home a third tiger reserve in the Mukundra Hills, as notified by the Govt. of Rajasthan.
Covering the four districts of Kota, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Jhalawar.Its reserve area will spread over 759 sq km. Nearly 417 sq km have been earmarked as the core tiger habitat, while 342.82 sq km has been notified as the buffer zone where human interference is prohibited.
The other two tiger reserves of Ranthambore and Sariska have a core area nearly thrice this size.
Mukundra Hills are also connected with the Ranthambore National Park, located in the state’s Sawai Madhopur district.
Moreover, the core area of the Mukundra reserve currently has six villages, two of which are uninhabited. Eventually all these villages will have to be relocated funded by the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority). The sanctuary currently has wolves, sloth bear, chinkaras and leopards!
Officials added that at a later stage, tigers will be relocated from Ranthambore reserve so as to provide optimum space for the majestic dwellings.
The objective was to link this to Ranthambore so as to let the tigers that stray from the park come and breed here. It was the next best forest after Ranthambore for rehabilitation of tigers.
The much neglected leopards will soon have a territory for themselves in Rajasthan. Living on the periphery of the forests and always evasive when the much more glamorized tiger is around, the leopard or panther will be the king at least in the 30 sq km terrain in the Aravallis in Rajasthan’s Pali district, when the Jawai Bandh leopard conservation reserve finally takes shape.
The proposed leopard haven will be the first of its kind in the State. The reserve taken up under “Endangered Species Recovery and Promotion of Eco-tourism”, stands no far from the better known Kumbhalgarh and the Tedgarh Raoli Sanctuaries.
The State minister for environment and forest Bina Kak ensured a 100% leopard sighting to all those who visits the areas near Jawai Bandh.