Far Eastern Leopard critically endangered alive well!


“At least one of the world’s rarest big cats is alive and well, according to scientists who captured, photographed and gave a check-up to a female Far Eastern leopard in Russia last week.
The Far Eastern leopard is perhaps the world’s most endangered big cat, with an estimated 25 to 40 individuals inhabiting a narrow strip of land in the far southeastern corner of the Russian Federation.
A team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Biology and Soils (IBS) captured one of these rare felines in Primorsky Krai along the Russian-Chinese border.
The leopardess, nicknamed “Alyona” by the researchers, was in good physical condition, weighing a healthy 85 pounds (39 kilograms). A preliminary health analysis revealed that she is between 8 and 10 years old. Alyona has since been released unharmed.”

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Extremely Rare Leopard Photographed -LiveScience Staff  October 30, 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20081030/sc_livescience/extremelyrareleopardphotographed;_ylt=AiMbImJVID5ptpLvYZpEybrQOrgF

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