13 Apr '18, 2pm

The world’s rarest big cat grows in number #conservation

Camera trap monitoring is the main research method used to study Amur leopards in the wild, and individuals are identified by their unique spot patterns. With around 400 cameras monitoring wildlife in the park, it is the largest camera trap network in Russia. Scientists processed the collected data over several months before announcing the new population numbers. WWF, along with partners WCS and the Far Eastern Leopard Centre, helped the park with camera trap monitoring and data processing. "Our forecasts were optimistic, and since the establishment of the Land of the Leopard National Park in 2012, the number of the rarest large cat has increased significantly,” said Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia. Experts believe more leopards may inhabit the territory outside the national park and are now working to collect more data from plac...

Full article: https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-world-s-rarest-...

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