Academic Venture Fund - 2019

Living with Leopards: Exploring Effects of Human-Leopard Interaction on Food Security and Public Health

Indian Leopard climbing a tree

In Nepal, the conflict between humans and leopards results in the loss of livestock, injuries and death to leopards and people, and threatens the food security of local communities. This project aims to understand key drivers and impacts of human-leopard interactions across the rural-urban spectrum of human settlements and forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. A national-level policy document will be developed to enable sustainable site-specific conflict management responses, and promote local stewardship for the survival of leopards in shared landscapes without compromising human well-being.

Investigators: Angela Fuller, Martin Gilbert, Richard Stedman

(Photo Credit: Sagar Giri Photos)