The rosetted big cat, the leopard, boasts of a wide distribution across the African and Asian continents. There are a little more than 12,000 Indian or the common leopards left in India today. Poaching for pelt, retaliatory killings and loss of habitat are the major threats facing the leopard in India and across the rest of its global range.
Leopards are perhaps the most adaptable of all cats in the wild. They are stealthy hunters and agile climbers, and are often caught resting or feasting on their kills atop trees in the Indian jungles.