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  1. Lankan conservationist Anjali Watson among recipients of conservation world's  "Green Oscars" 28 April 2018, 
    Sunday Times April 28 2018 - Whitley Award

  2. Co-existing with the spotted cats with the Central Highland, 04 April 2018, by Kamanthi WIckramasinghe, 
    Co-existing with spotted cats in the Central Highlands

  3. Conserving the Sri Lankan Leopard, 01 April 2018, 
    Conserving the Sri Lankan Leopard Dilmah follow up article April 2018

  4. Prowling in tea country to save the leopard , 25 March 2018, by Kumudini Hettiarachchi and Oshani Alwis, 
    Prowling in tea country to save the leopardDilmah March 2018

  5. Coexisting with "Spotted Cats" in the Jungle , 11 January 2018, by Kamanthi Wickramasinghe 
    Coexisting with spotted cats in the jungle

  6. 700 to 1000 leopards in Sri Lanka, 04 January 2017, 
    Daily Mirror Jan 2017

  7. Saving Leopards Is Hard, Especially with All the Landmines, 03 January 2017, by Smriti Daniel,  
    Vice - Motherboard - Jan 3 2017    

  8. Leopards and landmines: Post-war carnivore research in Sri Lanka , by Sanjiv Fernando  14 September 2016,

  9. Human - Leopard conflict, By Kishani Samaraweera, 26June 2016,

  10. Lankan Leopard in the spotlight , By Himal Kotelawala, 19. March 2016,

  11. The leopard in Sri Lanka’ ,13 March 2016,

  12. Spot Spotting, Taking the Lead on Lankan Leopard Learning , By Mark Hager, November 18, 2015,

  13. Tracking the leopard in the North,  20 July 2014,

  14. For the love of the leopard , By R. T. Siriwardena, 13 July 2014,

  15. Tracking the Lankan Leopard, By Andrew Kittle, 10 May 2009,

  16. Leopards of Yala National Park and Sri Lanka,  Sri Lanka's Top Cat, by Stephanie Sears, 2008,


Ecologist working to save the Sri Lankan leopard - CNN

The WWCT is working to protect forested land corridors for one of the most vulnerable big cats on the planet: the Sri Lankan leopard. 

The Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust

Anjali Watson's speech at the Whitley Awards 2018

The 25th Anniversary Whitley Awards Ceremony took place on the 25th April at the Royal Geographic Society in London. The event was hosted by WFN Ambassador and BBC presenter Kate Humble whilst the awards were presented by HRH The Princess Royal.

Anjali Chandraraj Watson, Sri Lanka - Whitley Awards 2018

Leopards as a flagship for wildlife corridors, Sri Lanka The Whitley Award donated by the Garfield Weston Foundation Thank you to the following people and organisations, this film would not have been possible without your support:

Dev Wijewardane

Kalyan Varma

Mathieu Leca

Sky Networks Limited

Animal 360

Amidst the tea where the leopards still roam

(ENG/FR) Follow Anjali Watson and her husband Andrew Kittle, two scientists who co-founded the WWCT (Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust) on their fieldwork in Sri Lanka for their Leopard Project. They are studying leopards in the tea plantation area near Castlereigh and Maskeliya reservoirs where, despite the small wilderness areas left, important wildlife are using these mixed ridge forests. WWCT is attempting to get these ridge forests protected.


Suivez Anjali Watson et son mari Andrew Kittle, fondateurs du WWCT Sri Lanka, sur le terrain à la recherche de léopards dans la région des plantations de thé de Dunkeld. Ici, malgré le peu d'espace sauvage encore disponible, ils ont découvert qu'une population importante de léopards utilise les forêts de sommet qui subsitent...Le but final du WWCT : obtenir une protection de ce territoire.

The Patch forest project - WWCT

Meet Anjali Watson from the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) in Sri Lanka who talks about their Patch Forest Project that is conducting general biodiversity and leopard survey work in select patch forests adjacent to protected forests such as Sigiriya, Gal Oya National Park and tea estate lands in proximity to Peak Wilderness in order to increase the importance of these landscapes surprisingly rich in biodiversity and increase protection for them.


Partez à la rencontre d'Anjali Watson et du Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Trust au Sri Lanka qui mène des études sur la biodiversité et la présence de léopard dans des zones non protégées près de Sigyria où subsistent seulement des bouts de forêts. Le but est de protéger ces zones qui sont étonnamment riches en faune sauvage...

Animal 360 -French production

In October 2017 the French film team “Animal 360”  ( )   visited WWCT’s field locations and created 2 short films about our work in the Central Highlands- 'Amidst the tea where the leopards still roam '- ( )   and about our Patch Forest Project.  We want to give our most heartfelt thanks to Anne-Laure and Pascal, the team behind Animal 360, for their approach to us, their incredibly efficient field visits and their tremendous results. Their generosity and interest in conducting this work is very much appreciated and WWCT has already used the Central Highlands video at public presentations. The video is also shown at the Dilmah Tea Lounge in Colombo and parts of it were used in the David Attenborough narrated short film which highlights Anjali Watson and WWCTs 2018 Whitley Award.

German (ZDF) Television film

In January 2017, WWCT’s Andrew Kittle travelled to Yala National Park to advise a German Public Broadcasting (ZDF) team filming leopards as part of their Fascination Earth (Faszination Erde) series. The program “Sri Lanka – Gift of Heaven” was focused on the geological and social history of the island and how that has led to a surprisingly robust large mammal abundance. In one day of filming we were able to see 7 leopards from 5 different sightings in Yala’s Block I and Lunugamvehera National Park.


The link is here


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