Located in the south of Sri Lanka, Yala is one of the best places to spot leopards in the world. However the border of the park is also home to hundreds of dairy farmers, who sometimes kill the leopards to protect their cattle. Since 2010, however, the Sri Lanka hotel chain Cinnamon, whose Cinnamon Wild Yala is found on the park’s border alongside the dairy farms, has manufactured & donated more than 70 steel cages, which enable the farmers to protect their cattle at night. It’s meant the farmers have not lost any cattle - and so have not killed any more leopards. The farmers’ income has also increased by over 20 percent.
More leopards means more sightings, which makes for better safari experiences. Yala has also shared the project with guests, who can spend a morning with a farmer. The cage may keep leopards out, but in so doing it has brought communities together.