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Russia creates massive park for rare cats

Russia has created a massive national park to protect some of the world's rarest big cats, the critically endangered Amur tigers and leopards, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
"This is tremendous news for big cat conservation. The creation of this park greatly increases the amount of land protecting critical populations of two of the world’s big cats, and it will go a long way to securing their future. We look forward to continuing to provide whatever support is requested to help conserve tigers and leopards in the region."
- Peter Zahler, WCS Deputy Director for Asia

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Camera trap photo showing Far Eastern Leopards roaming in their newly declared protected area – Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia. Photo courtesy of WCS



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Russia creates massive park for rare cats

Story contains video Source: MongaBay, Mon April 16, 2012
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