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In Images: Rare Amur Leopard Cubs Spotted on Camera

Rare sight

amur leopard cub on camera

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For the first time, two Amur leopard cubs were spotted on camera traps in China.

First breeding

amur leopard caught on camera trap

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The cubs were spotted with a mama leopard. The sighting is the first evidence of breeding in this critically endangered cat in this region of China.

Mama cat

amur leopard and cub in China

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Here, one leopard cub trails behind the adult female leopard.

Camera sighting

amur leopard and cub in china

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The camera trap that spotted the babies is part of a broader conservation effort to save these graceful predators from extinction.

Habitat loss

An Amur leopard in Russia

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Eight Amur leopards have been caught on camera in southeastern Russia. Fewer than 40 of the big cats survive in the wild.

Newer population

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The main habitat for the cats is in Far Eastern Russia, but the new sighting hints that the population may be rebounding slightly in China. Here, a mother Amur leopard looks after her full-grown cub in the forests of Far Eastern Russia.

Tia Ghose
Tia has interned at Science News,, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.