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