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Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya


Tawny rusty yellow coat with closed rosettes . Smaller than the India leopard, sub adult .Endemic Subspecies, endangered due to poaching. This particular leopard was so calm and walked right beside our vehicle. This is the first time Im seeing a leopard.


Found on Wilpaththu national park. They are known to be solitary hunters .

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33 Comments (1–25)

Thank you very much Antonio ,Smith zoo, Gilma , Nuwan and Dilan ! :)

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 8 years ago

Congrats Sau!This leopard gave us number of unforgettable memories.These shots are excellent!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

belated congratulations!

Beautiful!! Saumya Wanniarachchi, you are so lucky to be able to see it.

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago


Aewsome spotting Saumya Wanniarachchi,just gorgeous animal,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Thank You Kel a big hug back :) :) And Thank you Sachin ! :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations Saumya !!

Sckel 8 years ago

these are great photos. congratulations dear. a big hug from Brazil. :)

Thank you MacChristiansen :)

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Saumya

Thank you very much armadeus ! :)

armadeus.4 8 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Saumya!!!

Thank u Bhagi ! :) :D and Adi ! Thax, wow u remember that too ! :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

A big congratulations for the second SOTD twinnoooooo!
Purple scarf is rocking again..A great spotting and a rare sight,,,
Keep going ya!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

Congratulations Sau.... proud of you.....

Thank you very much Karen and Mark ! Its A great Honor !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fantastic spotting. Congratulations on SOTD and thanks for showing this one.

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Saumya, your rare glimpse of an endangered Sri Lankan leopard is our Spotting of the Day. The population is believed to be declining because of poaching and human-leopard conflicts.


Tank you very much Daniel,Antonio,Bhagi ,armadeus and Cha for all your lovely comments ! ! :)

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 8 years ago

Great time sauuu.lovely spotting.

armadeus.4 8 years ago

Wow! What an incredible experience Saumya! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

ohhhhh lovely spottings of our handsome proud guy..... i stated to believe in ''love at first site'' at the movement i saw him Sau....

Beautiful spotting Saumya Wanniarachchi ,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Great sighting and photos Saumya!

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Aug 30, 2014
Submitted on Sep 2, 2014

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