Ecologists rejoice as leopard spotted at Yamuna Biodiversity Park for first time

The park, offering a variety of ecosystem services, was established to reinstate the lost native biodiversity of Delhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2016 4:58 pm
The park, offering a variety of ecosystem services, was set up to reinstate the lost native biodiversity of Delhi. The feline was captured on camera after scientists received a frantic call from a villager (Representational image)

Scientists at Yamuna Biodiversity Park in the national capital have claimed that a fully grown male leopard was caught on camera in the sprawling 457-acre park for the first time, media reports said.

The elusive feline was captured on camera after scientists reportedly received a frantic call from a villager. Following the call, they conducted several tests, tracking pug marks. They subsequently spotted the big cat while they were on their way to install night-vision cameras.

According to Faiyaz A Khudsar, the scientist in-charge at the Yamuna Biodiversity Park, the sighting of the leopard is considered big as there was no such evidence even during the British rule, a report in the Hindustan Times said. Although there have been claims of people seeing the elusive cats in the capital, the news has certainly captured the imagination of several ecologists and wildlife lovers. The fact that the animal has been sighted several times assures wildlife lovers that it may have made the park its home for the time being.  The park, offering a variety of ecosystem services, was set up to reinstate the lost native biodiversity of Delhi.

A large number of leopards in India live in zones that are infamous for conflicts between animals and humans.