Rare Amur Leopard Photographed For The First Time In China (Photo)

By on Apr 26, 2012 in Animals, Asia, Science, World Comments
rare Amur leopard
Rare Amur Leopard
Credit: Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve

Photographs of rare Amur leopards have been captured for the first time in China by camera traps in a protected area, international news sites reported on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

According to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as mentioned in the reports, the photos were taken at Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve in Jilin Province in northern China.

Amur leopards have been classified as critically endangered since 1996 by International Union for Conservation of Nature. Reports said that only about 8 to 11 leopards live in the Chinese province.

Estimates of the total number of surviving Amur leopards in the world are in the range of 30 since the mid-1970s. However, WCS reportedly said that the photo evidence gathered in China and Russia suggest that the number of Amur leopards may be increasing to 40 or more.

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