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DWC strengthens leopard conservation

The Department of Wildlife and Conservation (DWC) has taken several measures to protect and conserve Sri Lankan leopards from harmful human activities.

The island leopard is a subspecies endemic to Sri Lanka. It has been declared ‘endangered’ in the Red List of the International Union of Conservation of Nature.

The department will introduce a hotline number for the public to contact the authorities about the leopards at risk. The DWC said that they will continue organizing awareness programmes on the leopards and remove snares in leopards’ habitats. The DWC needs public support in this regard as the project needs a lot of man power.

The DWC also said that more officers will be deployed to regions and areas where leopard habitats exist. The officers have been given special training how to rescue leopards. The DWC regional will be provided with additional equipment for rescuing operations, DWC sources said.

A mobile application is now tested to gather information on the leopards. The public can access the application after its test runs, the DWC added.

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