Amur leopards are one of the rarest- and most endangered- big cats in the world. In 2007, a census showed 30 individual animals in Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia. A recent census, gathered from carefully placed cameras, shows that the population has almost doubled- they counted 57!
With the large number of endangered species, it’s nice to see that there is hope. In the future, there are plans to reintroduce some captive-bred Amur leopards to another location in Russia.
With such small numbers of these beautiful animals remaining, it’s important to bring attention to their plight. This new census information is proof that dedicated researchers and careful attention to conservation can make a huge difference. To read more about the Amur leopard’s road to recovery, click here.