To protect our Wildlife we must conserve our Wilderness and for our Wilderness to be meaningful our Wildlife must be able to roam free within it.

Killed leopard found in Pedro (Nuwara Eliya), Due to a snare put by poachers
A female buffalo caught in a poacher’s snare on the western side of our study site at Yala. Ironically a leopard came that very night and fed on the kill
Four leopard skins confiscated after a set-up buy was orchestrated with the poachers by wildlife department staff
The remains of a killed female leopard being transported to the wildlife office - Yala
A young Macaque monkey (Macaaca sinica sinica) caught in a poacher’s snare, rescued and released back into the wild
Confiscated poached meat, weapons and antlers. This type of poaching is on the rise with an increase in the commercial demand for bush meat
Measuring leopard skins confiscated from around the Angamadilla area, Polonnaruwa District. Four leopards, three adults and one cub were shot by a man claiming they had come to kill his cattle. The skins told a different story-the animals were killed at different times.
Two leopard cubs killed outside Yala National Park - sadly a ranger who worked with us during our research at the park was killed in the line of duty in a consequent raid.