In a first ever leopard census in India, carried alongside tiger population, the estimated population of leopards are recorded between 12,000 to 14,000. As per a report published in the Times of India, the census is performed at 7,910 tiger habitats, including various national parts, zoos, and sanctuary. “This time we performed the census outside the areas we covered, and estimate total population that we got is between 12, 000 to 14,000,” said Yadvendradev V Jhala, lead scientist of the tiger census. He is the man who presented the leopard figures at Wildlife Institute of India’s annual research seminar, held in Dehradun last week. According to some experts, the leopard census was performed in the same manner as tiger census. The only difference was that earlier the total number of leopards were estimated to be between 10,000 and 45,000 and the actual estimation shows around 14,000 leopards. However, the experts believe that the estimation recorded is ‘quiet healthy.’ As per a report, Madhya Pradesh has the maximum number of leopards, which makes it the top leopard state in the country, with a total of 1,817 leopards, followed by Karnataka (1,129), Maharashtra (905), Chhattisgarh (846), and Tamil Nadu (815). However, this survey excludes some parts of Rajasthan, Gujrat, and East India, and the entire northeast.
Source: Times of India