Pune News: Ten leopards from Junnar will be sent to Vantara in Gujarat

Pune News: Ten leopards from Junnar will be sent to Vantara in Gujarat

Pune News: Ten leopards from Junnar will be sent to Vantara in Gujarat

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The Junnar division of the forest department is in talks with Vantara Zoo management and is focusing on operating within the current space until the Manikdoh expansion is completed. Leopards causing harm to humans will be kept back in the Manikdoh rescue center.

Ten conflict leopards from the forest department’s Junnar district should soon be sent to the Vantara Zoo in Gujarat’s Jamnagar. According to a senior forest department official, the division submitted an application to the Central Zoo Authority four months ago, and the letter of permission is expected to be received in two days. 

Amol Kolhe, MP, Shirur Lok Sabha constituency took this matter to Instagram and shared, “It is recommended that the Maharashtra government designate the leopard-prone area as a state disaster area and promptly implement steps to curb the reproduction of leopards. Although this is a temporary solution, 100 leopards from the Junnar Forest Subdivision will be relocated to Gujarat. Because leopards reproduce so quickly, more of them are predicted in the future. The only long-term answer is to stop leopard reproduction and designate regions as state disaster areas. The Maharashtra government has received a petition for control from the Junnar forest subdivision, but the delay has increased the number of leopards and heightened conflict between humans and leopards. I’m requesting the Honourable Chief Minister and the two Deputy Chief Ministers to give this issue careful thought and to act quickly to stop the breeding of leopards.”

The Department of Forest Management plans to relocate leopards to other facilities due to space constraints at the Manikdoh rescue center and the need to release conflict animals in the same habitat. The division is in talks with Vantara Zoo management and is focusing on operating within the current space until the Manikdoh expansion is completed. Leopards causing harm to humans will be kept back in Manikdoh.

Although officials had asked other state facilities to accept the leopards, none of them had the capacity or room to accommodate ten leopards. “Vantara in Gujarat is willing to welcome large cats. If they shelter our leopards, it will assist us,” officials stated.