Auroville's Endangered Leopard Species


This mural was painted in Auroville, which is an experimental township in the state of Tamil, Nadu India. Auroville was established in 1968 on a naked land with no trees. Villagers came to the land and had planted more than 2 million trees and built sanctuaries that spread over 170 acres. Today, it is one of the few rare dry subtropical forest still remaining in south India.

The goal of the Auroville’s sanctuary is to foster and reintroduce plants and animal life that once lived in this area. Some animal species returned such the endangered monitor lizard, the great horn owl, civet cats, jackals, fox, mongoose, and hundreds of species of migratory birds.

You would ask me, then why are you painting a Leopard? 

Well, if the main predator such as Leopard will return to this area, it will be a living proof of Sanctuaries’ success. As they hope to provide a flourishing environment for this endangered specie that will help in return bring balance into the area’s biodiversity. As the main reasons that this majestic species is slowly disappearing are habitat destruction, poaching, accidents, attacks by villagers, and natural deaths.

But good news, Leopard was actually spotted in areas nearby so him coming to Auroville is just a question of time. Auroville is a proof of how restoration of the forest can bring back the wildlife.  It shows us that planting trees not only would help provide us with the precious oxygen, but will help preserve 80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity. 

Did you know that in order to restore the CO2 in the atmosphere to 250 ppm, the amount prior to the Industrial Revolution? Then each person needs to plant 50 trees?  Why not start today? Consider the fact that not everyone can plant them therefore plant some extra. You can plant trees yourself or donate to a charity to plant them for you. And don’t forget to use Ecosia browser.

Thank you so much for watching! And remember let’s be kind to animals.