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    Amur Leopard: The Cat That Should Have Died

    Rare Russian Leopards Endangered by Fire

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    A large fire raging at the border of “Land of the Leopard” national park in Russia’s Far East, threatens two Red List species.

    The fire started on February 14 far from the national park, but has crept ever closer. Teams of park inspectors equipped to eradicate flames continuously patrol the three-kilometer border of the national park. “Land of the Leopard” is a home to two endangered species from the IUCN Red List: Amur Leopards and Amur Tigers. 

    According to PR representative of the national park, “the fire started in the deserted agricultural area a kilometer from the border of “Land of the Leopard”. Snow there has already melted away, and the fire was presumably started on purpose or due to the careless use of fire.”

    “Land of the Leopard” is a national park in the Far East near Vladivistok. It was created to protect the extremely rare Amur Leopard whose population is thought to be just 50 in the world.


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