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Rare spotted cats found beyond Land of the Leopard National Park

28 august 2018
The Amur leopards were captured by camera traps to the north of the national park, in the Poltavsky Provincial Wildlife Refuge. The new data have been received by WWF Russia.
For a long time the Land of the Leopard National Park was considered the utmost frontier of the rare species home range. Though over the time the population stared to grow and expand beyond the protected area.

WWF received the information on the expansion. In 2018, the camera traps fixed not less than 10 kilometers away from the national park’s borders registered three adult leopards and one cub.

Adult leopard
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After analyzing the data, the staff of NP concluded that from the scientific point of view the registered animals are new for the leopard “family”. These cats have never been captured in national park – the spots patterns do not resemble any of the “passports” of already known leopards. 
Leopard cub
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Historically, the Amur leopard home range encompassed the Poltavsky Refuge but due to the land exploitation, infrastructure development and poaching the number of leopards has dropped. Today, thanks to the efforts of conservationists the population is growing and the animals come back to the areas they have not been seen in decades.
Female leopard with a cub
WWF Russia

WWF Russia plans to enlarge the research area further north expecting to find more leopards. 

Can you find another one?
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“Using camera traps for monitoring the leopards, regarded outsiders by a twist of fate, is of course important. Not less important is to protect the area. Therefore, WWF plans to support the efforts of anti-poaching groups operation in the Refuge territory, notes Aleksei Kostyrya, Ph.D., senior coordinator of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia’s Amur branch.
It is to be recalled that earlier it was found out that the Amur leopards also expand to the south towards North Korea.
Tigers live in Poltavsky Wildlife Refuge as well
WWF Russia
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