I have visited Yala NP more than 20 times since 2012 and stayed inside the park for most of the time (Mahaseelawa, Old Butuwa, Thalgasmankada and number of stays at Warahana Bungalow).
Leopards are one of the main attractions of the park and rated as one of the highest leopard densities in the world. As per experience trackers there are around 60 Leopards in the area of 140 square kilometers, Yala Block 1 (Wikipedia estimates 25 leopards). I have seen more than 25 including cubs.
Tracking Leopards is an art I have learnt from experience trackers. Leave bungalows early morning before other safari traffic and listen to the sounds of the forest, dear baking, panicked monkeys and unusual sounds of birds and animals are the essence for tracking.
Staying near usual water tanks (where no buffalos in it) specially during dry season etc;
However the sad part of the story is whenever a leopard is seen, safari drivers send sms and calls from mobile phones, and minutes, convoys of speeding safari jeeps are rushing to the scene.
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