Wildcats “Amur Leopard” doubled in population in regions of Russia and China since 2007Md Noman Siddique (Author) Published Date : Feb 25, 2015 06:19 ET
The once gravely endangered Amur Leopard originating from Southeastern Russia and parts of Northeastern China now has doubled in number since 2007.
The Land of Leopard National Park situated in Russia covers almost 60% of the Amur Leopard s population now has 57 of these as per their census data. In 2007, there were 30 of them to precise as per the report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Apart from the Russian region, 8-12 more cats were counted in the Chinese regions proving that these endangered species has in fact doubled in number in the last 8 years.
Barney Long, director of species protection and Asian species conservation for WWF stated Such a strong rebound in Amur leopard numbers is further proof that even the most critically endangered big cats can recover if we protect their habitat and work together on conservation efforts. There's still a lot of work to be done in order to secure a safe future for the Amur leopard, but these numbers demonstrate that things are moving in the right direction.
In more than 1,400 square miles of the habitat of the endangered species known as the Land of Leopard National Park, cameras were placed by park rangers and experts from the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and about 10,000 photos were captured to count these wild cats. Each animal was differentiated by their idiosyncratic pattern of spots on their furry bodies as per WWF report.
The park was established in 2012 along the border of northeastern China and the Far East regions of Russia in a region known as Amur-Heilong River Basin and the establishment of it was due the continuous effort of conserving the leopards as well other endangered species like the Siberian Tiger.
The Siberian tigers were also in an endangered position was with just about 56 of them counted in 2009 so 10 new were out in the park in 2012.
Russian conservationists are now working with China to observe Amur Leopard population and plan to build a nature reserve covering both the countries.
Wildcats “Amur Leopard” doubled in population in regions of Russia and China since 2007