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“Leopards - Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary”

 In Delhi’s Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary  recently  Leopards has  been sighted for the first time since 1940.

Key Points:-

• Eight leopards have been sighted in the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Delhi for the first time .

•This  sanctuary has no  recorded sightings of leopards since the year 1940.

• In the year 2019,  department  of Delhi Forest  has recorded a  presence of leopard pug marks and scats in the protected region.

• A survey was jointly conducted by the Delhi forest and wildlife department and the Bombay Natural History Society from June 2021 to June 2022 using infra-red stealth camera traps.

• Among the 8 leopards, 4 males and a female were  appeared before these cameras.

• This survey also provided insights about the presence and spatial distribution of mammals like jungle cat, Indian hare, black buck, striped hyena, Indian boar, sambar deer, hog deer, spotted deer and others.

• This  reveals that leopards have made urban forest their permanent settlement.

• These  Leopards were  found to roam the same tracks once and even twice. This suggests that leopards can coexist alongside human settlements without human-animal conflicts.

• Periphery of the sanctuary bordering Neeli Jheel and Chhatarpur region saw the maximum sightings of the leopards.

About Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary:-

·         Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary was  situated at the border between Haryana and Delhi on the Aravalli hill range’s Southern Delhi Ridge. It spans across Southern Delhi and northern parts of Haryana’s Faridabad and Gurugram districts. It is part of the Northern Aravalli Leopard Wildlife Corridor, which starts from Rajasthan’s Sariska National Park, passes via Nuh, Faridabad and Gurugram districts and ends at the Delhi Ridge.

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“Leopards - Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary”