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THE LAST LEOPARD (2008) part 5 of 5 critically endangered Amur Leopard

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The Animal Planet documentary, The Last Leopard (2008) is about the plight of Amur leopards in Russia.
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The Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), also known as the Manchurian leopard, is a wild feline predator native to Korea, Northeast China and the Russian Far East. This leopard subspecies is home to the mountainous areas of the taiga as well as other temperate forests. It is one of the rarest felids in the world with an estimated 30 to 35 individuals remaining in the wild. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has deemed the Amur leopard critically endangered, meaning that it is considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.




AMUR LEOPARD CONSERVATION
With 30 in the wild, it is the most endangered big cat species on Earth. ALTA is implementing a wide series of projects to save the species. Support at: http://www.amur-leopard.org

BIOSPHERE EXPEDITIONS
Their philosophy is based on a voluntarism principle, where you will spend your holidays helping scientists on a conservation project, see : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_VTte...
Here is their leopard conservation project in Namibia http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/......
And this is their Arabian leopard conservation project in Oman:
http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/...


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LEOPARD CONSERVATION STATUS (IUCN)

Near Threatened
AFRICAN LEOPARD, occurs across most of sub-Saharan Africa
INDIAN LEOPARD, is widely distributed on the Indian subcontinent
INDO-CHINESE LEOPARD, mainland Southeast Asia & southern China
All increasingly rare outside protected areas. Populations are decreasing

Endangered
PERSIAN LEOPARD, fewer than 871-1,290 mature ind., declining pop.
SRI LANKAN LEOPARD, Sri Lanka
NORTH CHINESE LEOPARD, Northern China

Critically Endangered
JAVAN LEOPARD, from 350-700 to 250 or even 100 mature individuals.
ARABIAN LEOPARD, less than 200 in 2006, pop. decreasing.
AMUR LEOPARD, 30 in the wild, most endangered big cat on Earth.
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HUMAN THREAT
Mainly habitat loss. But leopards are also:
killed for commercial reasons (fur, others), leopard-human conflict, hunted for fun. Kept unfree (zoos..., in small cages without vegetation + exhibited all day to another species). Used as tourist attractions. Petted. And surely others.
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