While tigers thrive, India's leopards are dying

An Aug 9, 2018, photo showing a leopard which was killed by a speeding train in Hatigisha village, some 25km from Siliguri, in West Bengal. Leopards prefer habitats that are often found outside protected forests that host India's tiger population.
An Aug 9, 2018, photo showing a leopard which was killed by a speeding train in Hatigisha village, some 25km from Siliguri, in West Bengal. Leopards prefer habitats that are often found outside protected forests that host India's tiger population.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Deaths blamed on poaching, road accidents, conflict with humans

A group of young men chat among themselves in Mandawar's quiet lanes. It is a scene nothing out of the ordinary in rural India.

But back in November 2016, events in this village, barely 50km from India's capital and nestled against the backdrop of the ancient Aravalli hills, had taken an extraordinary turn.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2019, with the headline 'While tigers thrive, India's leopards are dying'. Print Edition | Subscribe