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Jaipur: Leopard dies at Jhalana Reserve, fifth death in 14 months

A leopard was found dead near Jai Singh Pura Khor forest area of Jhalana Reserve Forest in Jaipur on Tuesday.

April 30, 2019, 4:40 pm

Jhalana jungle safari

Jhalana Jungle Safari in Jaipur. Image credit: Post Staff

Jaipur: A leopard was found dead near Jai Singh Pura Khor forest area of Jhalana Reserve Forest in Jaipur on Tuesday. Forest officials rushed to the spot after spotting the body on CCTV cameras. The identification and reason for leopard’s death is yet to be ascertained. The officials said the body was found near Veer Teja Ji Temple in Jhalana. The body was brought to the mortuary and the doctors were performing a post-mortem examination till the reports last came in. According to the police, this is the fifth death of the leopard at Jhalana reserve forest range of Jaipur in last 14 months. Last year, one leopard died on January 7, second leopard popularly known as Aarti died on May 10. A leopard body was found at Jhalana on January 19. Also, a leopardess named Flora gave birth to two cubs earlier this year. Of them, one died on March 16. The deaths of the leopard have put a question mark on the security arrangements and monitoring process of the forest officials at Jhalana. Police officials are further investigating the case. India’s first ever ‘Leopard Reserve’ was inaugurated at Jhalana forest in Jaipur on the occasion of World Animal Day in October last year. Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the Jhalana Leopard Reserve in Jaipur under the first ever ‘Project Leopard’ initiated by the state government.

First published: March 19, 2019