STAFF WRITER 13:45 HRS IST
Kolkata, Nov 15 (PTI) A survey is underway to ascertain the exact number of the reclusive and endangered clouded leopards at the Buxa Tiger Rerserve (BTR) in North Bengal to prepare an action plan for their conservation.
"A preliminary survey is being conducted at Buxa to study the habitat of clouded leopards and estimate their number in the reserve which is contiguous to the Manas National Park in Assam," R P Saini, Field Director of BTR told PTI.
He said sighting of clouded leopard, which lives in dense forests, was very rare as it is very shy by nature and comes out to hunt only at night.
Irregularly-shaped, dark-edged eclipses resembling clouds on its coat gives the leopard its name.
To a question, Saini said their number at Buxa might be around 15.
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