Jhalana is currently one of the best places to see wild leopards anywhere in the world, but a couple of years back most of the world was unaware of Jhalana’s existence, you maybe wondering why so?
2 years back, Jhalana was only known for a Kali mata temple situated inside the forest, it was also quite famous as a family picnic spot. And by that time many of the citizens of Jaipur itself were unaware of the existence of leopard in this small fragment of Aravali range. Soon many hardcore wildlife enthusiasts from Jaipur sought great potential in Jhalana as a leopard safari.
First public vehicles were allowed to commute inside the forest at a very cheap price, but the safaris went in vain as leopard is a very shy animal, hence it wasn’t used to the presence of humans. But there is a female leopard, called Flora which completely changed Jhalana’s destiny. She quickly became habitual to human presence and taught the same to her cubs, which changed Jhalana’s tourism completely. And now Jhalana has a full scale gypsy safari just like any other national park, small scaled poaching vanished as the area was exposed to tourism, and ‘Project Leopard’ the first of its kind, which protects the interests of leopards, was inaugurated in Jhalana and is active in 18 other sanctuaries all across Rajasthan.
I consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed this massive and rapid change in Jhalana and its leopards who are now bolder than ever.
Jhalana is home to about 36 leopards living and coexisting with humans in a small forest of 18-20 sq km.
in the image is Juliet, sub adult daughter of Flora’s supposedly 3rd litter :) #wild #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #travelphotography #experience #leopard #pardus #cat #feline #conservation #natgeo #featured_wildlife #natgeoyourshot #nikon #Jhalana