Official results of the winter account Amur leopards, which took place the last few days, will be known by the end of March, told RIA Novosti on Monday, the program coordinator of the Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia Sergey biodiversity Aramilev.
According to the latest records, held in 2007, the total number of leopards in Russia amounted to 27-34 individuals. The census tracks in the snow will help ecologists understand how to change the population size in the past six years.
"Right now, registration is completed. Accountant complete walk for a number of check routes, but the whole field work for winter registration Amur leopards are over. Now scientists began processing the data, the official results will be known by the end of March," — said the source.
According to him, the field work was successful. In the course of the work professionals will apply the route covered by special maps and formulas calculate the total number of leopards in Primorye.
WWF Russia representative recalled that in the past two years monitoring was not conducted due to the snowy winters. This time the record was conducted by several different methods. Its main difference — the principle of one-time, through which you receive instant data slice in the whole area.
Together with Russian specialists were trained and experts from the neighboring provinces of China, where records Leopard is scheduled for late February.
Amur leopard — the most northern subspecies of the leopard. It is different with thick long fur and is one of the most beautiful and rare cats of the world fauna. The Amur leopard is listed in national and international Red Books. The situation with the number of leopards can be considered catastrophic — in the last 20 years the area of leopard in Russia almost halved, while the number was reduced to ten times and is only about 40-45 individuals. In China, according to recent surveys home to no more than ten animals in Korea, reliable data on the presence of a leopard not.