We are a non-governmental organization committed to conserve Sri Lankan wild felids. Our focus is on support local communities, Leopards and other small wild cats integrate peacefully. We are highly committed to conserve wild felids and their natural habitats through long term scientific field research and developing and practice mitigating solutions in the conflicted areas.
Sri Lanka is home to four species of wild cats belongs to family Felidae – The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is an endangered, endemic sub-species and the island’s only apex predator. As a probable keystone species the leopard’s ecological value in Sri Lanka is likely high and it is considered as globally threatened species. The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus), the 2008 IUCN assessment is that this species is decreasing in number and Endangered globally.
The Jungle Cat (Felis chaus) is Least Concern but the 2008 IUCN assessment says they are diminishing in numbers worldwide. The Rusty-spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginous) is endemic to Indian subcontinent and one of the smallest wild cats in the World. They are globally vulnerable.
Renowned leopard conservationists in the country say that above 20 leopard deaths are happening annually. They also state that many deaths go unseen and therefore these numbers can go up much higher than expected. Most of the deaths occur because of snaring, more in the central highlands than the dry zone. Deforestation, plantation expanding into protected wildlife areas, lack of natural pray are the major factors contributing to these tragic deaths. Another burning issue in the central hills is the unavailability of veterinary units, which in turn delays the arrival of the veterinarian to tranquilize and rescue the trapped animal.
The tragic events within the past few years have led environmentalists and conservationists to question the current status of leopard conservation in Sri Lanka.