In a special message dated 27 April 2012, distributed by the World Wildlife Fund, a representative of the Forest Department
the northeast Chinese province of Jilin reported that according to the new study, the population
the world’s most endangered wild cat Amur leopard Panthera pardus orientalis in China has doubled now in the bordering province of Russia there are between 8 and 11 cats. The results of the first ever study, which only deals with Amur leopards, show that the traces of rare wild cats can now be seen in a much larger area in and outside the Nanchang province of Changchun and the Wongking Nature Reserve by covering an area of about 4100 km2 – territory equal to
that of French Polynesia.
“The Amur leopard is critically endangered by extinction, and this study by monitoring the population, restoring its habitats and the characteristics of migration is urgent for the survival of the species,” said Dr. Zhu Jang, the World Wildlife Fund in northeast China. On the map here you can see the distribution of the leopard in the past (pale pink) and today (red).
Amour leopard Panthera pardus orientalis is extremely rare in nature, it is the world’s most endangered wild cat, less common than the Amur tiger. Today, in the northeastern part of China and the Far East of Russia, fewer than 50 of these beautiful beings live.
Compared to the 1998-1999 Amur Tigers and Leopards survey, the new study finds evidence that the leopard distribution area in China is expanding to reach the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin as it continues across the border with Russia in the east. This is 3-4 times larger than found in previous studies, and the leopard population has increased almost doubled (1.8 times).
“The results of this new study show even more clearly that the Amur Leopard habitat in Hunchang province and the Wongking Reserve is very important for the species, and that the nearby population in the Changbai Mountain is vital to the survival of the population in the Far East. The two habitats are indispensable for the recovery of the Amur leopard as a whole, and are the greatest hope of expanding both its population and its habitats, “says Dr. Zu Zhang.
For the first time ever, China is conducting a similar study that focuses only on the Amur leopard in nature; its population, habitats, and size in Jilin province. The next stage will cover a larger area with the use of infrared cameras and DNA tracking technologies. According to the results of the first survey, the program will focus on the Hunchang and Wongking reserves. Continuous data collection for individual leopards and population activity will be the basis for the information needed to conserve the Amur leopard and the Siberian / Amur tiger. Here you see a photograph of an Amur leopard staring at the surveillance camera lens.
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