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Our work has continued in Dunumadallawa to the present day as we maintain monthly track surveys and continue to put camera traps in the reserve to monitor the leopards there. We have had 3 students from Sabaragamuwa University in Belihul Oya undertake their final year undergraduate theses here with work ranging from leopard diet to prey censusing and leopard resource selection. During the course of this work we got another photo of the original female and a new cub, 6 years after getting that first memorable shot. This piece of information is vital as it shows that she is resident in the reserve (or at least includes the reserve within her home range) with a long tenure and repeated cub rearing. This highlights the importance of even small forest patches such as this.

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