Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

Leopard wondering in Yala national parkThe Sri Lankan leopard is one of eight recognized subspecies of leopard, and is native to Sri Lanka. This species is classified as endangered by IUCN Red List 2007 due to numerous threats and the population is declining. The Sri Lankan leopard has lithe, elongated bodies supported on relatively stocky legs and broad paws and a tawny or rusty yellow coat with dark spots.

Leopards have been observed in dry evergreen monsoon forest, arid scrub jungle, low and upper highland forest, rainforest, and wet zone intermediate forests. Yala National Park and Wilpattu National Parks are known as a good place to watch leopards.


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