TRAFFIC study on leopards
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11th Aug, 2020
- TRAFFIC India has released a paper titled ‘‘SPOTTED’ in Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Peek into On-going Poaching and Illegal Trade of Leopards in India’.
- It is a study on the seizure and mortality of ‘common leopards’ (Panthera pardus fusca).
- The highest numbers of poaching incidents were reported from the States of Uttarakhand and Maharashtra.
- The last formal census on India’s leopards was conducted in 2014, which estimated the population between 12,000 and 14,000.
- The results of a recent census of leopard sightings are likely to be released soon by the Wildlife Institute of India.
- TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, is the leading non-governmental organisation working globally on the trade of wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity and sustainable development.
- It was founded in 1976 as a strategic alliance of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).