Trees for Leopards®

Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India

25,000 Trees Adopted by DCB bank 

Target Completed
Project Purpose
Trees for Forests™ & Wildlife


Plantation of 25,000 saplings in the community land of the villages of Dindor Kheda, Surajpura, Manpura surrounding areas of Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary.


Enhancement of


Carbon Sequestration



Increase in

Green Cover

Generation of

Rural Employment

Control Soil Erosion

Improvement of

Wildlife Habitats

Why trees?

The 20th January 2018 issue of the Hindu says that the rural community residing at the periphery of the forests believes in protecting the animals in spite of negative interactions. The 20th April 2018 issue of the Hindustan Times, reported about a woman being mauled by a leopard and the chief reason was cited to be a crisis of drinking water. The 20th September 2018 issue of the Deccan Chronicle reports on the severe water crisis in Rajasthan and the World Agroforestry Centre mentions the role of trees in conserving groundwater by preventing evaporation from the ground surface even though trees are said to consume lots of water.


The tree species present here are planted here include Amla (Phyllanthus emblica ), Bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus), Kher (Acacia catechu), Sagon (Tectona grandis), Karanj (Millettia pinnata), Churail (Holoptelea integrifolia), Sirus (Albizia lebbeck), Seetafal (Annona squamosa), Bel (Aegle marmelos), Baheda (Terminalia bellirica ), Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo).


The sanctuary is known for its exceptional biodiversity of flora & fauna in Rajasthan and its unique ecosystem. Nearly, 50 species of mammals, 275 species of Birds, 40species of reptiles, 9 species of amphibians, 30 species of fishes and more than 800 species of plants have been recorded in the Sanctuary. This Sanctuary can be considered a "hot spot" of Rajasthan for floral and faunal diversity and is known for Flying squirrels and Panthers.

Indian Leopard

The Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) is widely distributed on the Indian subcontinent. The species of Panthera pardus is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because populations have declined following habitat loss, fragmentation, poaching, and illegal trade.
The Indian Leopard can thrive in a variety of habitats like evergreen, dry & wet deciduous forests, scrub forests, rocky outcrops with grassy areas, etc. It is considered as a solitary animal that lives a nocturnal lifestyle, spending a significant part of the daylight hours safely in the shelter of trees. They use trees to gain a vantage point to attack prey by hiding among the branches. Leopards are excellent climbers and can carry their heavy captives on trees and devour the food there.

The Indian leopard is terrestrial and travels 80km in one night. The sanctuary is considered as a perfect habitat for herbivores, carnivores, and an assortment of regional, arboreal and waterfowl. As per the census conducted in 2007, the estimated figure of the panther population is about 43 (Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Chittorgarh (Raj.), 2007-08. Annual plan of operations for Sitamata Sanctuary).

Tree Species

Amla (Phyllanthus emblica ), Bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus ), Kher (Acacia catechu), Sagon (Tectona grandis), Karanj (Millettia pinnata ), Churail (Holoptelea integrifolia ), Sirus (Albizia lebbeck), Seetafal (Annona squamosa), Bel (Aegle marmelos), Baheda (Terminalia bellirica ), Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo).

Social Impact                       

The trees will protect the natural habitat of the leopard along with all the other animals of the forest. By protecting its habitat, it will be ensured that the leopards do not venture into human habitat thus avoiding man-animal conflict. Including the community in the plantation, process will increase awareness about the wildlife and will prevent them from venturing into the forest. The process of weeding carried out during the plantation process will prevent the growth of invasive tree species, thus facilitating the growth of trees and providing fodder for the animals. The 25,000 trees to be planted will create approximately 2,046 workdays of jobs in the nursery and planting activities and offset approximately 5,00,000 kgs of carbon/per year. These trees will provide flowers, fruit, fodder, and fuel to rural communities and living creatures, improve water catchment, generate oxygen, reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, fight climate change and enhance the habitat of the Indian leopard.

Audit Independent Audit for Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan, India


A total of 25,000 saplings were planted across 3 villages at the periphery of Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary in 2017-18. One main sapling is planted along with 3 seeds of the local species in order to survive in the given ecological conditions. This strategy has ensured the survival rate of 80% even after adversities.

The planting has been carried out as per the plan and the approximate number of saplings physically verified is in agreement with the number of saplings planted (as per the report of Grow-Trees.com’s planting partner). We are of the opinion that looking to the steps taken by FES i.e. location of the site, encouragement to planting and positive response from the village to save the planting, the result of the activity will be affirmative.



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