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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rare Amur Leopard Captured For Medical Exam

There are only about 30 of these leopards in the wild in Russia.

Representatives from a group of organizations, including the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Biology and Soils, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) captured the female in a remote location in south-west Primorye as part of their work to save the critically endangered leopard. The animal was tranquilized and an extensive and high-tech medical examination undertaken by the veterinary team.

There are still about 130 of them in zoos, but I suspect the days of wild Amur leopards are numbered.

Photo Wildlife Conservation Society

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