05 Dec '11, 11pm

Persian Leopards Make a Comeback in Afghanistan

Persian Leopards Make a Comeback in Afghanistan

Considering that the vast majority of news reports that come out of Afghanistan have to do with war, terrorism and poverty, it's remarkable that the country has made repeated, encouraging appearances on TreeHugger. © WCS Afghanistan Program In 2009, Afghanistan opened its first national park . In 2010 it expanded its list of protected species . Now, there's more good news for the mountainous nation's wildlife: a Persian leopard, long thought to have been driven from the area, was photographed by a camera trap in Afghanistan's central highlands. The camera traps, used by Wildlife Conservation Society scientists and Afghan rangers in the Hindu Kush highlands, also documented lynxes, wild cats, wolves, red foxes and stone martens. That means that something of a functioning ecosystem is back in place: the area can support enough animals like ibexes to support apex predators li...

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