Protection of endangered species: Amur leopard

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The Amur leopard project

The Russian Geographical Society has been supporting the project since 2011.

Mission of the project: study the Amur leopard population condition and his main prey – hoofed animals, development of protected natural areas within the Amur leopard distribution range.

The work is carried out in cooperation with the national park “the Leopard’s land”, the Ussuriysky nature reserve of the Far-Eastern branch of the RAS, ANO “Eurasian center of study, saving and renewal of population of leopards”, and the A.N. Severtsov Institute of ecology and evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Amur leopard is the rarest cat species in the world and is classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN since 1996. According to the different estimates, there are about 40-50 species of the Amur leopard left in the wild.

Thanks to the grant support of the Russian Geographical Society scientists have collected data on terrain relief, flora and fauna to create digital model of the national park “the Leopard’s land” territory. Series of biotechnical activities, to keep and increase number of main types of the Amur leopard’s prey, and census of the Amur leopard were carried out in 2012-2013. Also, patrolling of the natural park “the Leopard’s land” is organized, the Natural Park’s infrastructure develops rapidly, and stabilization of the rarest cat species population level is reported. 

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