Uploaded by leoonhisway on Feb 9, 2011
Four 10-day-old tiger cubs, two females and two males, are living in the Indian jungle. This is their mother’s first litter and the cubs insist on tumbling out of the den, only to be carried delicately back to safety in her massive jaws.
As they grow, their diet changes from their mother’s milk to meat. At 14 weeks they can eat over a kilo of meat a day between them – the equivalent of 20 large steaks. It’s a good job that this tigress is such a skilled hunter and that spotted and sambar deer are so plentiful. Charger, their imposing father, keeps his distance but helps to protect his vulnerable offspring from rogue male tigers and leopards. Life seems sweet, until one day the cubs are left home alone and one of their greatest threats, an Indian leopard is near by.
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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
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_VTteMmrJ4
Here is their leopard conservation project in Namibia http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/2-week-expeditions/wildlife-volunteering…
And this is their Arabian leopard conservation project in Oman:
LEOPARD CONSERVATION STATUS (IUCN)
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
PERSIAN LEOPARD, fewer than 871-1,290 mature ind., declining pop.
SRI LANKAN LEOPARD, Sri Lanka
NORTH CHINESE LEOPARD, Northern China
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.
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.