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Critically endangered Amur leopard born in Scotland could be released into the wild in Russia

Source: independent.co.uk

One of the world’s rarest cats has given birth to at least one cub in a wildlife park in Scotland, giving conservationists hope the animals could be reintroduced to Russia in the near future.

In 2007 as few as 19 wild Amur leopards were thought to exist in Russia and China, but numbers have slowly risen above 100 through intense conservation efforts. The species – the rarest big cat in the world – remains listed as “critically endangered”.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park, in the Cairngorms National Park, is home to the world’s only purpose-built Amur leopard habitat. There is minimal human contact with the animals – the enclosure is not on public view – and it is not yet known if more than one cub has been born. MORE

Header Image: Freddo, the father, was brought to the Scottish park from Tallinn Zoo in Estonia. Credit: RZSS/Siân Addison.

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