With only 30 – 40 remaining in the wild, the Amur leopards are listed in international, federal and regional levels as critically endangered and are in immediate danger of extinction.
In captivity, the situation is also very serious, as interbreeding with animals of unknown heritage has affected a large percentage of the captive breeding pool. Because of this, of the 150 remaining in captivity only 12 are purebreds.As the Russian Far East struggles to survive in Moscow’s shadow, the Amur leopard is disappearing in the shadow of the Siberian (Amur) tiger.
*Habitat destruction caused by wildfires which burn unattended and out of control.
*Intensive logging and clear cutting.
*Elimination of its prey, hunting both legal and illegal (poaching) have all played a role in reducing the leopards to a fragment of its former habitat.
*The Amur leopard is also being poached for its beautiful coat and for its bones
August 31, cheetah conservation day, is the reminiscent of the glorious past, great ambitions and respectability of Iranians. It reminds us that Iran is the only country in the ancient continent that successfully saved the last remnants of Asiatic cheetah and it reminds us the promise we made to conserve them. This day reminds us the great responsibility we have in saving this natural heritage in front of God almighty and humankind. We promised to join hands and cooperate to conserve the cheetahs. We believe that Asiatic cheetah’s greatest threat is lack of suitable public knowledge, therefore we witness people kill cheetah and its habitat defragmented by constructional activities such as roads and mining and also livestock overgrazing. So our second greatest mission, after the conservation of cheetah’s habitats, is to spread awareness about cheetahs. We also promise to:
1- Do not hunt in Cheetah’s habitat at all.
2- Resist against Cheetah’s habitat destruction in every position and job we are.
3- Help the environment’s guards, who are the frontline troops, in conserving the protected areas.
4- Report observing cheetah, anywhere in Iran, to environment offices.
5- Increase our knowledge about cheetah and convey it to others, either orally or by using whatever media we have access to.
6- Follow the news about cheetah and inform the others
7- Teach our children the importance of conserving cheetah and other natural heritage of our country.
We are sure that together, either individuals or groups( public or private), young or old, apply all of our efforts in conserving cheetah , we are going to be successful in the eyes of our children and people of the world. We hope that one day the population of cheetah increases and it removes from this critical condition so that we could proudly claim cheetah as a precious natural heritage of Iran.
Via – Cat Conservation
Very sad day for clouded leopard conservation: Raja, a resident of the Point Defiance Zoo
and the clouded leopard who, in many ways, launched The Clouded Leopard Project, was euthanized after becoming progressively worse. He was 15. #cloudedleopard
They call for the reintroduction of this animal with a previous study
The Association Ecologistas en Acción de Granadilla and Conservationist Association Wolf Cerval, both in Cáceres, confirm that the Iberian lynx breeding in freedom in the province of Cáceres, after watching several times a female with three cubs.
The head of the nature of ecologists in action Granadilla, Carlos Pino, indicates that members of these associations have observed a female with three cubs, a fact that, in their view, confirms that the recovery of the Lynx is a fact. For this reason, pine asked to start the reintroduction of the Lynx in captivity with a previous study of the territories occupied by lynxes.
Ecologists in action Granadilla is confident that the Administration, in addition to generating the necessary awareness for the conservation of the Iberian lynx, continue the study already initiated by the guards “in order to be abreast of the status of cats released”. The two associations have requested in addition to the Ministry of Agriculture of the regional government the removal of boxes pitfalls in terms of Santa Cruz de Paniagua and Granadilla farm. In this sense, pine stressed that these cases pose a risk to the health of the Iberian lynx, even more so in summer breeding season, ‘risking the separation from the mother of the puppies’. Both groups expect will reach a population of 25 Lynx released this year and appreciate the good work of the wardens of the Iberian lynx in the North of Cáceres.
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When it comes to looking after all the species that are already endangered, there’s such a lot to do that sometimes it might all seem to be too much, especially when there are so many other important things to worry about. But if we stop trying, the chances are that pretty soon we’ll end up with a world where there are no Tigers. And I think that would be a shame, don’t you?
The most notorious area of mining has been the Kundera range of the park but illegal mining has also been going on unchecked in Uliyana, Ainda and Shyampura inside the tiger habitat.
The mafia takes trucks, tractors and trolleys right inside the park for transporting the stones. These activities start before sunrise and continue till around 10 am on a daily basis, sources said.
In one glaring example, tigress T-17 disappeared around three months ago, leaving behind her three cubs aged around 13 months in her territory close to Uliyana village in Kundera.
As a tigress never deserts her cubs, forest authorities initially claimed that T-17 would return but when it didn’t, they had no explanation. Poaching of T-17 cannot be ruled out, experts said.
Dhirendra Godha, an expert on RNP tigers, said the absence of intensive monitoring was the reason behind the illegal mining activities. Expressing concern over the lack of safety
of the big cats in RNP, he said if a mother tigress wasn’t safe, her three cubs were in danger as well.