Boost for Asian big cats
A new tiger protected area (PA) was created by India in February in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The forests of the athyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary extend the existing Bandipur Tiger reserve in the neighbouring state of Karnakata, creating a protected area complex that is home to one of the world’s largest tiger populations, and significant numbers of elephant and leopard.
A recent census of Far East leopard in Russia showed at least 50 individuals – a significant increase in five years since the last census – and that the leopard is extending its range to the China border. WWF seeks a transboundary leopard reserve along the China-Russia border linking existing PAs and covering 600,000ha to sustain much larger populations.