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Endangered Leopards Caught on Video

Critically endangered Amur leopards in the Russian Far East were recently caught on remote motion-activated video cameras. The footage of the extremely rare animals is very clear and you can see a pair of them.

“In the previous 5 years of camera-trapping, we were able to identify between 7 and 9 individual leopards in this monitoring plot every year. But this year, the survey was record-breaking: today 12 different leopards inhabit the territory,” said Sergei Aramilev, Species Program Coordinator at WWF Russia’s Amur Branch. It is estimated there are less than 50 Amur leopards remaining in the wild. They face a high likelihood of dying out altogether in their natural habitat, without protection. There are an estimated several hundred living in zoos.

Conversion of their habitat to farm land, unsustainable logging and forest fires have all contributed to their severe decline.

Image Credit: Amur Leopard

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4:59PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

they are beautiful !! plant trees and help them have a place to roam.

11:03PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Beautiful!

1:40PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

I hope they find away to stop this beautiful creature from disappearing!

1:27PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Beautiful

11:43AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

So sad, they are so incredible.

1:58PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

BEAUTIFUL, beautiful. Those cats must absolutely be protected.

10:23PM PST on Nov 19, 2011

I can see him thinking to himself "Hmm there's been humans here. Be wary".

9:25PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

So cute. We have to save all wild "cats". T%hey are all so beautiful.

8:33AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Very nice. I'm glad they are being protected.

12:39AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

We should be doing so much more to stop buying illegally logged timber products - more importantly the retailers and suppliers should be fined for selling it.

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