180 leopards were poached and killed in India in 2010, according to wildlife authorities. There are between 5,000 to 10,000 leopards living in the wild in India.
Authorities believe that the leopards were killed in order to meet the demand for products in the wildlife trade in China. A leopard skin rug is sold for $100,000 to $300,000 in China.
Source: Chetan Chauhan, “China wildlife scheme endanger Indian tigers,” Hindustan Times, August 12, 2011.