International Society For Endangered Cats

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Leopards of Iran

Iranian leopard copyright ICS

An endangered subspecies, the Persian leopard was once abundant across most mountain and forest habitats in Iran, but it is now one of the rarest species of carnivores in the country.

Recent surveys have revealed that around 65% of the wild population of the Persian leopard in western Asia exist in Iran. Moreover, despite of poaching and habitat reduction, the range of the leopard is still known to include large areas of Iran, and it is guessestimated that there are about 550-850 leopards still surving in the country.

Presently, there are a number of mountainous areas throughout Iran where the leopards live, but various threats have resulted in formation of small, probably isolated population.

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