The findings show that the Amur leopard population has almost doubled since 2007. The new study was conducted by researchers from the World Wildlife Fund.
The census data was collected from the Leopard National Park in Russia, which is where most of the Amur leopards live. The park covers approximately 60% of the feline’s natural habitat, according to the experts.
The census revealed that there are currently 57 leopard specimens in the wild, compared to 2007, when there were only 30 leopards counted.
Also, another 8 to 12 leopards have been counted in China during the census, which means that the leopard population has doubled in less than ten years.
Barney Long, a WWF official, said that the recent increase in leopard population means that even the most endangered species can be saved from extinction if we work hard to protect their natural habitat.
According to Long, there are still many things to be done in order for the Amur leopard to be truly out of danger of disappearing, but recent reports suggest that things are on the right path.
In order to be able to count the reclusive felines, the experts and the park rangers from the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences used camera traps throughout the entire reservation, which is more than 1,400 square miles of land. The park makes up the leopards’ natural habitat.
The cameras captured more than 10,000 images, which the experts used to identify approximately 60 different specimens of leopards. Each animal could be identified by its unique pattern of spots on the fur.
The Leopard National Park was established in 2012 and is located along the border of the Russian Far East and northeastern China.
The region is known as the Amur-Heilong River Basin and the park was created in order to protect species like the Amur leopard and the Siberian tiger from extinction.
The conservationists from Russia collaborate with the ones from China to monitor the Amur leopard populations in both countries.
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