We heard alarm calls from the Chital and stopped... Luck favoured us and a huge male leopard creeped out of the bushes our side of the deer, and started to stalk the deer! It did not culminate in a hunt, but the tensions was amazing to see! Great experience!
The Sri Lankan Leopard is a leopard subspecies native to Sri Lanka. Classified as ''Endangered'' by IUCN, the population is believed to be declining due to numerous threats including poaching for trade and human-leopard conflicts.
This subspecies is colloquially known as Kotiya in Sinhala and Siruththai in Tamil .