Anthropocene, 2018: Last Leopards in all Southwest Asia


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 02 March 2018

 

Anthropocene

Cambodia Leapard Population Crashing to Immediate Extinction

New study confirms Cambodia's last leopards on brink of extinction,
Panthera, March 1, 2018.

FAST CRASH
"the world's last breeding population of leopards in Cambodia is at immediate risk of extinction, having declined an astonishing 72% during a five-year period."

"... study revealed one of the lowest concentrations of leopards ever reported in Asia, with a density of one individual per 100 square kilometers. Increased poaching, especially indiscriminate snaring for the illegal wildlife trade and bushmeat, is to blame for the dramatic decline."

END OF THE LINE
"This population represents the last glimmer of hope for leopards in all of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam - a subspecies on the verge of blinking out."

TIGERS ALREADY GONE
"Scientists believe the Indochinese leopards' new choice of prey was triggered by the extirpation of tigers from the region in 2009, which created a predatory void for the opportunistic and highly adaptable species."

"Historically found throughout all of Southeast Asia, the Indochinese leopard has lost 95% of its range and is likely to be classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN later this year."

"...estimates just over 1,000 breeding adult Indochinese leopards remain in all of Southeast Asia. However, just 20-30 reproductive individuals remain in eastern Cambodia, representing the last hope for the leopard's future in eastern Indochina."

 

 

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