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Endangered Persian Leopard "Arezoo" Released Back To Wild in Roudsar

Source: Tehran Times

A Persian leopard that had been severely injured by getting caught in snare in February was fully recovered and released back to wild on Sunday.  On February 5, Arezoo which is named after her habitat in Roudsar, northern Gilan province, was found while suffering from serious damages by getting caught in snare.

The animal was transferred to Tehran. Given the extent of the damages the vets had two choices: medical euthanasia or spinal surgery.

Finally, three days later the 4-year-old leopard undergone surgery and 7 days later restored the ability to walk again. Now after spending eight months in a zoo in the north-central city of Qazvin, Arezoo was released back to its habitat once again.

Leopards are the most adaptable of the big cats and unlike other big cats, leopards do not seem to mind living alongside people. In Iran, many areas of their natural habitats are fragmented and turned into agricultural fields.

In Roudsar some leopards stick around villages and adjust their behavior to live as best as the can under the circumstances. But some of them move toward bitter circumstances unconsciously.


cartoon by Saeed Sadeghi

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 (in 2008) and considered declining. Leopards possibly also occur in northern Iraq.

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)

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