Authored By: Nazneen Zehra
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 784||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Environment / Wildlife / Biodiversity
|Price in Rs. 1050.00||Price in (USA) $. 84|
The leopard (Pantherapardusfusca, Meyer) is one of the least studied large cat of India distributed across India in a variety of habitats. It co-exists with lions in Gir National Park & Sanctuary in fairly high densities in entire Gir Landscape covering an area of approximately 20,000 Sq. Km. The Department of Wildlife Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with the Gujarat State Forest Department initiated a pioneering research project on the ecology of leopard in Gir in 2002 by Prof. Jamal A Khan. The SERC, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India funded this pioneering research program on leopard which later evolved into a long term study and Gir PA has the unique distinction of supporting such a long term study on large carnivore in India. Over the last 16 years, a large body of data on leopard, lions and associated prey species has accumulated through the efforts of different researchers and forest officers which now has been synthesized in this book from ecosystem’s perspective.The book provides valuable information on various aspects of ecology of leopard in Gir landscape and understanding gained from this long term study will provide basis for scientific management and conservation of leopard in Gir landscape especially in terms of its co-existence with lion in human dominated landscape where local people have played a crucial role in protection of both charismatic cats.
Dr. Nazneen Zehra obtained her post-graduate degree in Wildlife Science from the Department of Wildlife Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University in 2007. She enrolled for Ph.D. program at the Department of Wildlife Sciences in 2007 and she carried out her field studies at the Gir National Park and Lion Sanctuary on leopard, its large co-predator I.e. lion and associated prey species of both predators from 2007 to 2013. She was awarded Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Science on her pioneering work on ecology of leopard. She has worked as Junior Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, Research Associate in different research projects funded by the Department of Science & Technology, University Grants Commission, Ministry of Environment, Forests, & Climate Change, DST PURSE Program-I & II. She is currently working as Assistant Professor (Contractual) at the Department of Wildlife Sciences, AMU. She is Co-Principal Investigator for the MOEF&CC funded research project titled “Monitoring structure, functioning and ecosystem services of dry tropical forest ecosystem of Gir for conservation and management of ecosystem, prey population and predators” being implemented in Gir PA. She is also Co-Principal Investigator for DST PURSE-II project titled “Ecology and conservation of large cats in selected protected areas of India”.