This initiative has grown organically, arisen from the
need to address the incidents of leopard mortality and human-leopard related
incidents that have occurred recently.
Although comparatively and thankfully these numbers are not in alarming
proportions, WWCT now sees the need to ensure targeted action is taken so as to
prevent the possible escalation of this into a conflict situation such as seen
in countries like
ongoing work we have also realized that reasons for leopard mortality and human
related incidents are varied across the island and a better understanding of
the underlying factors influencing this is required so that solutions can be
context and location specific.
The WWCT and the DWC would like to come up with
long-term solutions to reduce fear and perceived threats from wildcats and to prevent
further damage to local livelihood, which is often what causes retaliatory or
incidental killing of the leopard. We would
like to ensure that endangered wildlife do not become extinct in specific regions,
for example the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, which is now recognized as a
natural World Heritage site and where leopard morality is high.