Jaipur: In good news to wildlife lovers, two leopard cubs were spotted in Jhalana forest area in Jaipur on Tuesday. The two leopard cubs were playing on a hill when some wildlife activists spotted them and captured them on camera. They informed the forest authorities following which security arrangements were stepped up in the area. Read also: Jhalana safari booking price lowered, tourists heave a sigh of relief
The birth of two cubs will boost wildlife tourism at Jhalana Leopard Safari. The cubs are believed to have been littered by a popular leopard of Jhalana forest – called Flora. It’s her third litter. She is playing an important role in increasing leopard population in Jhalana forest, forest officials said.
In the first litter, Flora gave birth to three leopard, now known as Prince, Katarina and Jalebi. She gave birth to two leopards – Juliet and Cleopatra.
The two cubs were spotted near Nature Farm Talai and are believed to be two months old.
“The increase in leopard population will not only go a long way in protection of wild animals that are on the verge of extinction in India, but also boost wildlife tourism in Jaipur,” said a senior forest department officers.
The tourists visiting Jhalana Leopard Safari usually complain of the lack of leopard sighting, but with the increase in the number of leopards in Jhalana, more and more tourists are visiting the safari.
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.
Jhalana had two safari tracks however a third track has recently been thrown open for tourists. This 7-km track will start from the main gate and pass through the shooting range. A major stretch of this track passes through two hills, which provides a breathtaking sight.
The government had also launched a full day leopard safari
First published: January 2, 2019