PM Modi expresses happiness on rising number of leopards in India

New Delhi: Expressing happiness on the rising number of leopards in India, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that number of leopards has risen by more than 60 per cent during the period of 2014 to 2018 and this will not only gladden the people but also make them proud of it.
While addressing the country in his 19th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on radio, he further said that in 2014, the number of leopards in the country was about 7,900, whereas in 2019 it has been increased to 12,852.
“These are the very leopards about which Jim Corbett had once said that those who have not seen a leopard wandering free in nature, cannot imagine its beauty…. cannot visualise the beauty of its colours and the charm of its gait,” he added.
Noting that when the leopards across the world are facing habitat loss, Mr Modi said, in most parts of the country, especially central India, the number of leopards has risen and amongst the states with the maximum population of leopards Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra have been on the top in that order.This continuous growth of the leopards’ population in India, has shown a way to the entire world as well.
Also talking about the increasing number of tigers in the country, the Prime Minister said that there has been an increase in India’s forest area not only the government agencies but also many people, civil society, many institutions too have been engaged in conserving our trees and plants and wild animals and they all deserve accolades.