Leopard in a Tea Estate, Nilgiris

Prakash Ramakrishnan

This leopard was photographed in a tea estate, near Kothagiri in the Nilgiris. I have also seen this leopard atop a rock, watching people below plucking tea leaves. So far there have been no reports of a conflict. Thus, at the moment, the leopard lives in harmony with the people in the area.

Editor’s note:  Leopards in India are often found in human-dominated landscapes. Here is another image of a leopard outside a protected area. For insights into India’s unique tolerance for carnivores living close to human habitation, see the article Carnivores and People in India by Vidya Athreya.

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