A five-year-old leopard was recently spotted with her three cubs in Jhalana Forest.
A five-year-old leopard with her three cubs was spotted in Jhalana Forest recently (Picture: Representational)
In other exciting news for wildlife enthusiasts, a leopard has been spotted with her three cubs in Jhalana Forest Reserve in Jaipur. Jhalana Forest Reserve is a major tourist attraction for animal lovers where leopards are often seen with their litter of cubs.
Calling it the first sighting of cubs this year, forest officials said five-year-old leopard ‘Sharmili’ was recently seen with her second litter of three cubs in the forest. The cubs are two months old and were seen with their mother at the watering hole in zone 3 of the forest estate.
Earlier, Sharmili had given birth to two cubs, a report in The Times of India (TOI) revealed. In August last year, the leopard Flora gave birth to 12 cubs in five litters and the leopard population to 44.
Increase in leopard population
The report further revealed that there had been a huge increase in the number of big cats. But a recent survey also revealed that leopard density is too high for an urban jungle. Indeed, when new sidewalks emerge, sub-adults venture out and sometimes disappear in search of territory.
Ranger Janeshwar Chaudhary was quoted by TOI as saying there were 44 big cats in Jhalana up to August last year. However, among them, two of them ventured into other parts of the forest. Later, one died and the other was transferred. So we have a total of 43 leopards in the reserve now.
Officials have now stepped up surveillance and control in the area. The forest area of Jhalana covers an area of 20 km² and other forest areas are also under development.
Another upcoming leopard safari park
The Rajasthan forest department is set to open a second leopard safari in the pink city of Jaipur. Reports indicated that a safari park would be established in Galta to increase the leopard population and increase tourist attraction. The expansion will not only benefit tourists by giving them more options for safari tourism, but will also reduce the burden on Jhalana, which is home to more animals than its capacity.
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