World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has disclosed that the population of Amur Leopard in Russia is on its way to recovery as it has increased two-fold.
The Amur Leopard is considered to be one of the rarest animal species and big cats in the world as it numbered only 30 in 2007 and is on the brink of getting extinct. As of this time, there is an estimated 65 to 69 of these felines in the Leopard National Park in Russia and eight to 12 big cats thrives in China.
The park was erected way back in 2012 and it provides 60% of the leopard’s habitat and also served as the breeding grounds for the wild cats. The head of WWF Russian Amur Branch, Yury Darman, said that the national park immediately developed into a potent organization that seeks to uphold the leopard’s protection and research.
Many preservationists are hopeful in creating a natural sanctuary that will cover more areas in the border of China and Russia to preserve the leopards further.
Barney Long, the leader of the Asian species conservation efforts for the WWF in the US, said that the Amur leopard bounced back strong and its growing number is an indication that even the most critically endangered species of large cats can be able to pull through from plummeting population if there are adequate conservation and protection efforts.
Long goes on to say that there are still plenty of things to iron out to ensure that the leopards as safe and sound. The steady and strong population growth is a testament that the efforts of the conservationists is hitting the nail right on its head.
The Arum leopard bears similarities in terms of appearance with its distant cousins Siberian Tiger and Asian Tiger.