Wildlife sos rescues leopard from city; human wildlife conflict averted
Friday 26th July, 2013
Wildlife SOS, a Delhi based NGO received a call from the Forest Department about a leopard on the loose in the city of Aurangabad. A serious Human Wildlife Conflict situation could have occurred had the animal attacked someone out of self-defense. The Maharashtra Forest Department contacted Wildlife SOS who immediately dispatched Wildlife Veterinarian and Leopard Expert Dr. Ajay Deshmukh to the location. On reaching the location the Wildlife SOS team with support of Forest Officer Shri A D Bhosale, IFS located the leopard and tranquilized her in a ten hour long operation that was both risky and dangerous.
Geeta Seshamani, Co founder Wildlife SOS said, ' Our team worked all through the night to track and locate the leopard before rescuing it. The Leopard will be kept under observation before it is released back in the wild. We are so relieved that a major conflict has been averted. There is a need for public to be sensitized and also be more tolerant of wildlife that shares the landscape with people.'
Leopard Rescue Center in Maharashtra houses 29 leopards and is managed by Wildlife SOS in collaboration with Maharashtra Forest Division with support from Humane Society International (HSI), Australia, Terra-et-Faune and Wildlife SOS, USA. Wildlife SOS works towards helping people co-exist with leopards with increased tolerance instead of fearing them.
Verna Simpson, Director of HSI Australia said, ' Man-animal conflict is one of the major issues affecting wildlife conservation around the world today. Unless we adopt a practical approach and have a quick response to the release and rescue of wild animals, we cannot expect people to understand and be tolerant towards them.'
Photo (above): Provided by Wildlife SOS