Saturday 1 November 2008

Amur Leopard : : Hunted to almost extinction only 35 left ?

Is one of the rarest felids in the world with an estimated 27 to 32 individuals remaining in the wild (2007 snow track count).

“At the beginning of the past century, the Far Eastern leopard was a common species in the southern parts of Sikhote-Alin and in some Khanka lake areas. Right now it roams only in south-west Primorye. About 5000 square kilometres of land in the south-west Primorye region, close to the border between Russia, China and North Korea, were transected for the census and tracks left by the leopards in the snow were counted. Scientists were able to determine the number of the leopards by examining the shape, size and patterns of the tracks as well as determine the direction and time of the animals’ movements."

With a total population of 30-35 individuals, the Amur leopard, or Far Eastern leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), is one of the most - if not the most - endangered large cats on earth.

Perhaps satiated Apple Mac users of the world may help coalesce this cats deliverance ?

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