The Javan Leopard
Unaware of the thousands of tiny species we impact, humans are also careless of those living at our scales of size and age.
The Javan leopard inhabits one of the most densely populated and richly bio-diverse islands in Indonesia. Given the amount of attention by visiting biologists and conservationists over time, it is surprising there is so little information available about this and other island species.
Most of scant data written has come from those observed in captivity or those captured in the wild and returned with radio collars, or caught on camera traps. They are said to be extremely elusive, though someone has clearly been finding them. If only to export to various zoos.
Driven back deep into the forests by man, having been deprived of more than ninety per cent of its original habitat (and with that its prey base), the Javan leopard has been forced to turn to domestic livestock for food supplies. The irony of this situation seems to be lost on the local population as conflict between…
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