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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. 

Anjali Watson's speech at the Whitley Awards 2018
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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
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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.


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