How many leopards are in the “Land of the leopard”? The results of the new monitoring
Employees of the seaside reserve processed more than one million pictures taken with traps, and made a clear conclusion: the local population of leopards things are going very well!
11 APR 2019 17:53
National Park of the fgbi “Land of leopard” in Primorsky Krai was established in 2012 to preserve and increase the population of Amur leopards. And although in the beginning of the last century, these speckled beauties lived around the Korean Peninsula and in China, in the 2000s all over the world was no more than 35 Amur leopards.
However, the creation of a new protected area in Primorye has borne fruit: in 2017 alone, the Park “Land of leopard”, there were already about a hundred individuals, and more recently the Park announced the results of a new photo-monitoring number of far Eastern leopards in the reserve.
In order to calculate the secretive and agile wild cats, the workers had to perform about a million pictures, about 10 thousand of which contained images of leopards. Pictures were taken four hundred camera traps in the national Park, which is the study of living of its populations of wild animals. These photos were processed using special software that defines each of the leopard’s spots, a pattern which is unique to each individual.
It turned out that now in the territory of the national Park inhabits at least 91 adult leopard and 22 kittens! This means that the population shows a steady growth, and a high percentage of kittens confirms the trend. The other good news is that among all the leopards, spotted in the seaside national Park, the number of females is twice the number of males – and this, according to experts, the main key to stabilizing population and prosperity.
Currently the Park staff waiting for the results of the same photo-monitoring from colleagues from China, which borders Russia’s “Land of leopard”. These data will help to create a more complete picture of what is happening with the Amur leopards: as on the territory of Primorsky nature reserve leopards mostly give birth, growing up, many of them moved to China, subsequently remaining there or returning to their “cradle”.
View the video captured at the venue leopards living in the national Park.