VIDEO: Persian leopard family spotted in Savadkuh

SAVADKUH, Oct. 18 (MNA) – Park rangers have spotted a family of Persian leopards in Savadkuh County, northern Mazandaran province.

The Persian leopard is listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List; the population is estimated at fewer than 871–1,290 mature individuals and considered declining.

According to the Department of Environment, 156 leopards have been killed in Iran from 2005 to 2014, nearly 20 leopards a year. Studies indicate that currently there are less than 500 leopards nationwide.

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