Interim July post as persecution of leopard continues in South Asia

The image is one eight leopard skins seized in Odisha in the last few days, that Indian State remains along with the span of central to west Nepal (to the border with India and into Uttarakhand) the poaching/trafficking of leopard hotspot of South Asia.

As indicated in earlier posts the first half of 2021 has been the worst for leopards this century particularly in India and Nepal. Nearly midway in July and the problem continues unabated based on seizure data. Good policing has facilitated many arrests and confiscation of leopard (and other wildlife) body parts but that does not mask the seriousness of the problem. At WildTiger we’re working hard in collaboration with key partners to combat the issue. We’ve delayed the mid year update accordingly, it will come later in July as we continue efforts on the ground.