Sunday, 6 May 2018

NEWSLINK: Amur Leopard Population Triples — to 103

Amur Leopard Panthera pardus orientalis Facing Forward 1761px.jpgJust a few years ago, the Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) appeared to be on the fast track to extinction. Surveys conducted in 2000 revealed that only about 30 of these critically endangered big cats remained in the forests of southwestern Russia, with just two more across the border in China. With poaching and habitat loss still so rampant at the time, saving the species appeared to be a “mission impossible,” says ecologist Yury Darman, senior advisor to WWF-Russia’s Amur branch.

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