Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Conservation targeting tigers pushes leopards to change

December 9, 2014

Michigan State University

A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but new research from Nepal indicates that leopards do change their activity patterns in response to tigers and humans -- but in different ways. The study is the first of its kind to look at how leopards respond to the presence of both tigers and humans simultaneously. Its findings suggest that leopards in and around Nepal's Chitwan National Park avoid tigers by seeking out different locations to live and hunt. Since tigers -- the socially dominant feline -- prefer areas less disturbed by people, leopards are displaced closer to humans.

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