Panthera pardus kotiya
The Sri Lankan leopard is a subspecies of leopard native to SriLanka.Classified as Endangered by IUCN, the population is believed to be declining due to numerous threats including poaching for trade and human-leopard conflicts. Has a tawny or rusty yellow coat with dark spots and close-set rosettes, which are smaller than in Indian leopards.They are solitary hunters. Both sexes live in overlapping territories with the ranges of males overlapping the smaller ranges of several females, as well as overlapping the ranges of neighboring males.
Spotted at Wilpattu National Park where the biggest and the oldest National Park in Srilanka.Also known as a good place to watch leopards
Leopards tend to be more readily observed in parts of Sri Lanka than in other countries where they share their habitat with more dominant competitors, such as lions or hyenas. This leopard was so calm.
Lat: 8.41, Long: 80.05
Spotted on Aug 30, 2014
Submitted on Sep 15, 2014
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