Photos by Gholamali Gord, Mehr News Agency
A leopardess and her cub were spotted on December 21st at Parvar Protected
Wildlife Area in Semnan province of Iran. Persian leopard is listed as
Endangered on the IUCN Red
List; the population is estimated at fewer than 871-1,290 mature individuals
and considered declining.
The Persian leopard
(Panthera pardus ciscaucasica syn. Panthera pardus saxicolor), also called the
Caucasian leopard or Central Asian leopard, is the largest leopard subspecies
native to the Caucasus region, southern Azerbaijan, southern Turkmenistan, Iran
and parts of western Afghanistan.
Persian leopard is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List; the population is estimated at fewer than 871-1,290 mature individuals and considered declining. Leopards possibly also occur in northern Iraq.
cartoon by Saeed Sadeghi
A phylogenetic analysis suggests that the Persian leopard matrilineally belongs to a monophyletic group that diverged from a group of Asian leopards in the second half of the Pleistocene. (read more on wikipedia)
Photos: Death of an Iranian Leopard
A leopard that had suffered spinal cord injury due to shooting by hunters was put to sleep using euthanasia procedure and anesthetic injection. This heart-breaking incident happened in the Tonekabon region in northern Iran. - 1/14/14
Leopards pushed closer to extinction in Iran
Iran's Department of the Environment reports that 46 leopards were killed in the past six years in Iran. IRNA reports that the deputy head of Wildlife Protection said: "The leopard and its habitat are at risk of extinction." - 12/22/13
Rescue of an Iranian Leopard
A leopard that had been trapped in the crevices of the rocks by the river of Sezar in Sepiddasht region of the city of Khorramabad in western Iran was rescued by the environmental protection officials in an operation that lasted several hours. The injured leopard was treated and cared for before being released back to the wild. - 12/30/13
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