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Social life and survival strategies of the Sri Lankan Leopards

Leopards are Mammalian carnivores at the apex of the food chain in this island. They not only feed on large herbivores like Sambhur and buffaloes but feed on dozens of other species both large and small including reptiles and amphibians. They don’t only feed on little creatures such as mice and frogs to subsist when food is scarce but consistently will kill and eat small prey opportunistically. Highly adaptable and versatile in both diet and habitat preference Leopards live in marginal areas where other large cats have been long extirpated from. The Leopards adaptive radiation throughout Asia and Africa is one of the great success stories of Mammalian evolution. With a long association with humans from a time that the leopard was not quite a leopard and humans were not quite human; today it seems that Leopards have learnt more about us than we have learnt about them.

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society Monthly Lecture on 18 January 2018 will focus on ‘Social life and survival strategies of Sri Lankan leopards” with an expert presentation by Rukshan Jayawardene at 6.00 p.m. at the Cinema Hall, BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

‘ROAR’ by the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society aims at making schoolchildren in the area of a World Heritage Site little researchers and scientists in restoring a rainforest. Kumudini Hettiarachchi reports

As rain and sunshine played hide-and-seek last Sunday and mild to heavy showers won the day, whooping with joy, knots of schoolchildren clambered up Diyakotha Kanda in the Kalutara district on the border of the Sinharaja Rainforest, a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.

Forests are the green lungs of the world which play the role of terrestrial carbon sinks by absorbing, storing and converting large amounts of carbon which would otherwise escape into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide - a main greenhouse gas that causes global warming. At a time of increased rate of deforestation and forest degradation, making the public aware of the importance of preserving forests in the protection of mankind against climate change and other cynical impacts of them are of high importance.

By Shanika Sriyananda
A top retired Customs official yesterday claimed that some electronic media channels which promote mythology through their morning shows should also be partly blamed for the killing of tuskers, which has seen a sharp increase during the last few years.

The re-opening of Yala National Park earlier than it was scheduled was a politically motivated decision prompted by the aspirations of one prominent Government Minister, supported by the Prime Minister, a group of environmentalist said on Wednesday.

Island – Opinions, of September 12

Mr. Gunasekera Hiripitiya, in attempting to defend an irresponsible statement made by a Deputy Minister that wild elephants should be caught and sold, even to those overseas, has, regrettably, jumped on to that politician’s bandwagon of ignorance that claims that the numbers of wild animals, particularly elephants, are increasing exponentially, and that their removal from the wild, by whatever means, are the only way of removing a supposed threat they pose to villagers who live on the edges of protected areas.

Born Free Foundation’s Associate Director for Asia and Oceania, Gabriel Fava says Sri Lanka is well equipped to tackle this global problem and should not be caught off-guard

Star tortoises, cockatoos, leopards, pangolins, ‘white gold’ or ivory from elephant tusks, even frozen tiger-cubs and many more have a common but tragic thread woven into a tapestry that seems to cover the whole wide world.

While sympathizing with the family and friends of the British journalist who was killed in a crocodile attack close to Arugam Bay on Thursday, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has requested the government to put up risk warning boards in areas inhabited by crocodiles.

Nine ‘illegal’ contructions built duing past 3 years without DWC permission
Six acres to be officially handed over to the church from Wilpattu Lands
Environmentalists complained to Vatican Embassy against Chilaw Boship

by Ifham Nizam
Civic minded organisations and environmentalists expressed concern about the remarks made by Minister Rishard Bathiudeen 
There is no forest destruction done in order to resettle these people
It is the government that is using state resources that cleared the forests

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has expressed a strong protest on the shooting of a wild elephant by wildlife officials as an act of alleged self-defense.

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has strongly protested the shooting of a wild elephant by Wildlife officials as an act of alleged self-defence.

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi
No thinking or planning before using fire-power * Shooting gives wrong message to villagers * Video clearly shows that the ‘rampage’ claim by DWC was untrue

by Rohan Wijesinha
Wildlife and Nature Protection Society

This must be one of the very few instances, in World History, where the Cabinet of a supposed free and fair democracy has, through special committee, issued a Paper to legalize a crime, not just against the State and its people, but also against generations of Sri Lankans yet unborn whose natural heritage, and very existence, is being put up for sale! This date, Committee, Cabinet and Government will go down in infamy as one that compromised principle, good governance, common sense, national pride, natural heritage, national religion and, most importantly, the Law, to satisfy the greed of a few whose sole ambition is to make good for themselves in the here and now, while adorning their superior material status, however obtained, with the ownership of an elephant! As a prominent conservationist once stated, "These are the policies of lawmakers who believe that theirs is the final generation, and damn the future!"