Rare couple of Amur leopards photographed in China

Dec 05, 2012

State media say a pair of mating Amur leopards was spotted in northeastern China, in another indication of a comeback for an extremely rare cat once thought to be next to extinction.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature concluded in 2007 that the cats were extinct in China and a handful lived in Russia. But a survey in China's Jilin province in April found eight of the , thanks in part to a nature reserve created in Hunchun city in 2011.

Hunchun wildlife official Lang Jianmin told China's that a field video camera captured a male and female on Nov. 16, looking "very much like lovers." The solitary cats mate about once every three years.

Explore further: Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

First camera trap photos of rare leopard in China

Apr 25, 2012

The first-known camera trap photos of an Amur leopard in China have recently been taken by protected area staff in Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve in Jilin Province according to the Wildlife Conservation ...

Russia declares 'Land of the Leopard' National Park

Apr 13, 2012

The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the Russian government for creating a new national park to protect critically endangered Amur (Siberian) tigers and the world's rarest big cat: the Far Eastern leopard.

Escaped Siberian tiger shot dead in East China park

Dec 27, 2011

A rare Siberian tiger escaped from an east China zoo, frightening locals in a downtown public park before she was shot dead by more than 12 police, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.

Critically endangered Amur leopards captured on video

Jul 13, 2011

Recent video footage from a survey on a group of critically endangered Amur leopards in the Russian Far East has yielded unexpectedly positive results, giving evidence that some wild groups of the big cat ...

'Fewer than 50 wild tigers' left in China

Feb 08, 2010

Fewer than 50 wild tigers remain in China, a conservation group said Monday, voicing hope that the Year of the Tiger would not be the last for the endangered cats.

Recommended for you

Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion

3 hours ago

Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a study published August 27, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Teresa Romero from The University of Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues.

User comments : 0