Status of leopards in India, 2018

India's leopard population increased from 8,000 to over 12,500 in four years since 2014, Environment Minister said, asserting the rise in their numbers following similar reports on tiger and lion shows the country is protecting its ecology and biodiversity well. Releasing the ''Status of Leopards in India 2018'' report, the minister said, the leopard population has been estimated using the camera trapping method. The report says India had 7,910 leopards as per the estimates of 2014 which increased to 12,852 in the 2018 estimates. More than 60 per cent increase in their population has been recorded, the minister said.

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