A leopard photographed in northeast China's Jilin province this month has recently been confirmed to be a wild Northeast leopard, also known as Amur leopard.
The photo taken on May 16, 2012, captured by Camera No.1, shows an Amur leopard roaming in the forest in Wangqing County of northeast China's Jilin province. [CNS photo/ provided by Jilin Forestry Department]
It was the fourth and fifth time that this endangered animal has ever been caught on infrared camera in China since August 2011.
The leopard, which was roaming in the forests of Wangqing county, was captured by an automatic infrared camera on May 16 and June 15, 2012.
Experts have confirmed that the leopard is an Amur leopard, a critically endangered wild feline predator which usually inhabits the Sino-Russia border.
Since the distance from the Wangqing county forest to Sino-Russian border is longer than the distance that leopards typically stray from their home, it is possible that there are wild Amur leopards inhabiting the area around Wangqing county, rather than traveling all the way from the border, according to wildlife experts.
The Amur leopard is one of the rarest felines in the world with an estimated 30 to 35 individuals remaining in the wild.