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Candid Camera (Trap): The World’s Rarest Big Cat

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“The Amur or Far Eastern leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis, is the world’s most endangered big cat, and the only one known to be adapted to the cold, snowy environment in which it lives. There are only some thirty to fifty individuals left in the wild, and around 170 others in zoos worldwide. The wild population lives only on a tiny speck of land along the Russia-China border; deep snows prevent them from moving too far north while human activity keeps them from spreading south.

The video above is particularly exciting because it shows that, though small in size, the population of wild Amur leopards is breeding. The second individual to walk across the screen is a mature female, and she’s preceded and followed by two young cubs!”

-Jason Goldman

Check out the original post by Jason Goldman on ‘The Thoughtful Animal’.

Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

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  1. 1. Devonshire 6:06 am 12/19/2013

    “Human activity keeps them from spreading south.”

    The answer to all these glorious creatures , including himself- going extinct…. is simply too logical for Man:

    Birth control for all Homo Sapiens

    Viagra to OTHER species.

    Link to this

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