Rare Amur Leopard photographed by camera traps for the first time in China

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Rare, endangered Amur leopards have been photographed by camera traps for the first time in China in a protected area, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced April 25.

Rare, endangered Amur leopards

Image Credit: Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve

The photos, taken in Hunchun Amur Tiger National Nature Reserve in Jilin Province, bolster a survey estimating that eight to 11 leopards live in the northern Chinese province, suggesting the rare animals are returning to China, the WCS said.

Last month, the reserve staff set up 16 camera traps in areas where tiger and leopard tracks were found during winter survey. Several images of Amur were also snapped by the cameras.

Conservationists have estimated that the total number of Amur leopards has been around 30 since the mid-1970s, but the two camera trap surveys suggest that numbers could be rising to 40 or more, the WCS added.

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