Endangered Amur Leopard Species, once roaming the lands of Russia and China, has started to grow in numbers, as indicated by specialists from the World Wildlife Fund. The Amur leopard, indigenous to the Russian southeast and northeastern China, experienced a severe drop in population with only 30 animals recorded in 2007. But now it looks like the big cat might be making a comeback to the areas.
A new review, based on data from the Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia (a reservation that oversees of around 60 percent of the leopards’ territory) found that a today there are 57 Amur leopards. Also somewhere in the range of eight to twelve other leopards were additionally detected in territories over the border with China next to the national park, prompting the number of Amur residents to multiply in under ten years.
Barney Long, WWF chief of species protection and Asian species conservation published an announcement commending the preservation endeavors that have contributed to saving such a critically jeopardized feline species from becoming totally extinct.
But Long also noted that there was obviously a lot of work to be carried out before the Amur leopard can have a certain safer future. Luckly, current data is effectively illustrative of the fact preservationists are on the right way and that endeavors to safeguard the cat’s living space have been generally fruitful.
Reviewing the current number of Amur leopard has been a challenge in itself. The experts and rangers from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Far Eastern Branch had to set up a system of cam traps over the 1,400 square mile national park.
The project resulted in taking nearly 10,000 pictures. These photos were then examined as a part of the identification process of the 60 separate specimens. WWF representatives explained that every creature was clearly distinguished from the others because of the exceptionally unique and customized pattern of spots that shows up on the leopard’s hide, as every animal has an individual collection of these marks.
The Land of the Leopard National Park was setup in 2012 to help protect the endangered creature and safeguard its reproducing areas. The park reaches across about 650,000 acres of land.
Yury Darman, head of WWF Russia Amur Branch clarified:
“The national park became the main organizational force for leopard protection and research.”
The Amur leopard became endangered because of poaching, woods blazes and inbreeding, as per the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance. Experts hope that one day the Amur leopard will flourish again within the region.
Image Source: World Wildlife Fund