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Leopards of Yala

Male

Kaakkan Wala 3:4 Female [YF 77/Shelly]

Kaakkan Wala female was born in mid-2022 and her mother is Divul Kale 2:2 Female (this is her first known litter). This female cub was seen within her mother’s territory which includes Pan Wala, Thalgasmankada, Darshana Wewa junction, Modharagala, and Y – Junction.

Male

Debaragas Wala 3:2 Male [YM 75/James]

Debaragas Wala male was around April/May 2022 and was first photographed in July 2023 close to Kotigala with his mother Lolugas Wala 3:4 female. This is Lolugas Wala female’s first known litter

Male

Kohomba-Kema 3:3 Male [YM 72/Scott]

Throughout the year 2022, they were regularly seen playing and resting on top of the rock bed and they were the star leopards of the North of Yala block 1. The Kohomba-Kema 3:3 male was first recorded with his two siblings (Kohomba-Kema 2:1 female and Kohomba-Kema 2:2 male) and their mother in December 2021. He was a few months old cub back then. Their mother is theY-Junction 2:2 Female 2 (this happens to be her second known litter).

Male

Kohomba-Kema 2:2 Male [ YM 73/Spencer]

They were the star leopards of North of Yala block 1 in the year 2022. All three cubs mainly were seen around Kohomba-Kema area of New road and hence given the name Kohomba-Kema cubs. Throughout the year 2022, they were regularly seen playing and resting on top of the rock bed and they were the star leopards in North of Yala block 1.

Female

Kohomba-Kema 2:1 Female [YF 71/Salomi]

They were the star leopards of North of Yala block 1 in the year 2022. All three cubs were mostly seen around Kohomba-Kema area of New road and hence given the name Kohomba-Kema cubs. Throughout the year 2022, they were regularly seen playing and resting on top of the rock bed and they were the star leopards in North of Yala block 1.

Female

Maliththan-Kotu Wala 3:3 Female [YF 64/Sansa]

The Maliththan Kotu Wala 3:3 female was seen as a months-old cub around the Welamalkema area in August 2021. Her mother is the Welmalkema 4:4 Female (2017). This is her first known litter. Initially, this young cub was quite shy, unlike her mother, in her young stages. But with time, she grew to become quite comfortable around vehicles.

Female

Gal-Mandiya 3:2 Female (2021) [YF 70/Elsa]

The Gal-Mandiya 3:2 female was born in mid-2021 accompanied by two cubs, the Gal-Mandiya 2:2 Female and another cub who didn’t survive for long, unfortunately. Their mother is the Warahana 2:2 female (2). This is the fecund Warahana female’s third known litter. These cubs are regularly seen along the areas of New Road from Gerimas Pokuna to Gal-Mandiya, Alikatupalassa, Walas Wala and Warahana.

Female

Gal-Mandiya 2:2 Female (2021) [YF 69/Erica]

The Gal-Mandiya 2:2 female was born in mid-2021 accompanied by two cubs, the Gal-Mandiya 3:2 Female and another cub who didn’t survive for long, unfortunately. Their mother is the Warahana 2:2 female (2). This is the fecund Warahana female’s third known litter.

Female

Thenuwara Wala 4:3 Female [YF 60/Vasana]

Thenuwara Wala 4:3 female was seen and photographed for the first time for our records at Thenuwara Wala which is close to Korawak Wewa in July 2021. She is a fully grown female with decent amount of confidence towards vehicles.

Female

Agil Wala 2:2 Female (2019/20) [YF 55/Malee]

Agil Wala 2:2 female was first photographed as a few months old cub at Agil Wala area of Medha Paara in February 2020 with her brother Agil Wala 2:2 male and mother Modhara Gala 2:3 female.

Female

Sithulpwwa 3:3 Female [YF 57/Kamala Devi]

Kohomba Kema 3:3 female is a shy female that was first photographed for identification in July 2020 at Sathvila road close to Kohomba Kema as a fully grown female leopard. There was a sighting of her around Alikatupalassa and Gerimas pokuna.

Male

Heen Wewa 3:3 Male (2020) [YM 58/Yasa]

Heen Wewa 3:3 male (2020) was first photographed for identification in mid-2020 around the Heen Wewa bungalow with his brother Heen Wewa 2:2 male. Their mother was unknown to us due to the lack of photographic evidence. Still, these two brothers gave us lots of sightings in the latter half of 2020 and the first half of 2021 around the Heen Wewa, Galalukada Wewa, and Gonagala Wewa areas.

Male

Heen Wewa 2:2 Male (2020) [YM 57/Suba]

Heen Wewa 2:2 male (2020) was first photographed for identification in mid-2020 around the Heen Wewa bungalow with his brother Henn Wewa 2:2 male.

Female

Y – Junction 2:2 Female 2 (2016) [YF 12/Sasha]

She was first sighted as a roughly 2/3-month-old cub, on the 27th of August, 2016, crossing the road from Warahana 2nd water hole towards the Mōdharagala side with her sister, the Y – Junction 2-2 female 1 and her mother, Thalgasmankada 2:3 female.

Male

Weera Wala 2:3 Male (2020) [YM 54/Sherlock]

Weera Wala 2:3 male was first photographed in June 2020, at New Road. He is a curious cub but still, he is not the most comfortable in the presence of safari vehicles. His mother is Y – Junction 2:2 female 2 and this is her first known litter.