Source: Mehr News Agency, Karaj, Iran
For the first time, experts and monitors of the environmental protection agency in Alborz Province of Iran have been able to capture photos and films of a pair of male and female Persian Leopards, an endangered mammal, in Taleghan heights.
In 2006, sensitive telecameras were set in Khartouran region to record the number of Persian leopards and the pattern of spots on their bodies to protect this rare and endangered mammal.
The Persian leopard is the largest of the several subspecies of leopards (Panthera pardus), which are the smallest of the big cats. The leopard is the most secretive of the big cats and has the ability to adapt itself to different conditions but needs an area where it is free from excessive human persecution. Distribution of this animal is mainly limited to northern Iran and northwestern Afghanistan.
Persian leopard is considered one of the most endangered mammals, for it has been hunted to a large extent for its fur and persecuted because of its attacks on livestock. It is also threatened by the loss and derogation of its habitat and also warfare in their range.
What is most interesting about this animal is that not only the shape of spots on each leopard is different from the others but also based on the recent studies on the skin of this animal, the spots of the animal are different on each half of its body. By using close-up lenses to focus on the spots of leopards, experts hope to have a more accurate statistics about this animal by setting these telecameras.
According to wikipedia, 550-850 Persian Leopards exist in Iran at present, the highest in the countries in the region where the leopards live.
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