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Published on 29 Oct 2011 | over 5 years ago

Battle for survival, Londolozi, Great Kruger

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leopard facts

1) Conservation status (IUCN)
-------------------------------Near Threatened---------------------------------
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.

------------------------------Critically Endangered----------------------------
JAVAN LEOPARD, from 350-700 to 250 or even 100 mature individuals.
ARABIAN LEOPARD, less than 200 in 2006, pop. decreasing.
AMUR LEOPARD, support at: www.amur-leopard.org . 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

2) Human threat
Habitat loss.
Killed for commercial reasons (fur ...), leopard-human conflict, hunt for fun. Kept unfree (zoos..., in small cages without vegetation + exhibited all day to another species). Used as tourist attractions. Petted. And surely others...

3) Small description
opportunistic hunt, adaptability to habitats, max speed 58 kms/h (36 mph), ability to climb trees even with heavy carcass, stealth.
Its habitat ranged from rainforest to desert terrains. Elusive, solitary and largely nocturnal, it had to compete for food and shelter with predators such as lions, tigers, spotted hyenas, African & Asiatic wild dogs.

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