The leopards of Yala Block 5 | Leopard Trails

It was not too long ago in December 2015 that our team started venturing away from Yala block 1 and instead doing regular game drives in Yala block 5 and later Yala block 3 and 4 which are all relatively recently opened blocks. Today our ongoing Leopard ID work has documented 18 leopards in Yala block 5 since 2016. Here are some of the characters we have recorded in an area of under 7000 hectares. The main road through Yala block 3 and 5 is a big risk to this rich leopard population as development in the south continues and as visitation to the east coast via this road increases.