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A leopard with a unique eye lifts her head after a hunt in Botswana. Photograph by Wayne Wetherbee.
Rarest Big Cat on Earth Starting to Make a Comeback
by Elizabeth Palermo
Things are starting to look up for the rarest big cat on the planet:
The critically endangered Amur leopard, which is indigenous to
southeastern Russia and parts of northeastern China, has doubled in
population since 2007, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Census data from Russia’s Land of the Leopard National Park, which covers about 60 percent of the Amur leopard’s habitat, puts the number of these wild cats at 57. That’s up from the 30 leopards counted in the area in 2007, according to the WWF.
Eight to 12 additional cats were also counted in adjacent areas of
China during the census, which means the total population of Amur
leopards has, in fact, doubled in less than a decade…