Two Persian leopards spotted in S Iran

TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) – Two Persian leopards have been spotted in the Dashtestan region, the head of the city's department of environment said.

Tahereh Mousavi, the head of Dashtestan's department of environment said on Tuesday that Bushehr province and especially Dashtestan city is one of the best habitats for Persian leopards.

She added that the image of two Persian leopards were recorded with the use of a mobile phone camera in Dashtestan.

Panthera pardus tulliana is a leopard subspecies native to Iran, Turkey, the Caucasus, Southern Russia, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

Since 2016, it has been listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, as the population was estimated at 871 to 1,290 mature individuals, with a declining trend. Common names used for P. p. tulliana include Asia Minor leopard, Caucasian leopard, Persian leopard, and Anatolian leopard in Turkey.


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