24 Feb '15, 2pm

Critically endangered Amur leopard doubles its population:

Critically endangered Amur leopard doubles its population:

The Amur leopard is having a pretty good decade, at least by its own recent standards. The critically endangered cat was on the brink of extinction in 2007, reduced to just 30 individuals by hunting and habitat loss. But a new census suggests its population has grown by 100 percent in eight years, raising hopes for its survival — and for other rare animals in similar need of an improbable comeback. "Such a strong rebound in Amur leopard numbers is further proof that even the most critically endangered big cats can recover if we protect their habitat and work together on conservation efforts," says World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation director Barney Long in a statement about the census. Amur leopards once inhabited a swath of East Asia, prowling temperate forests in northeastern China, the Korean peninsula and Russia's Primorsky province. Their modern decline is due part...

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