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Over 75% of global Leopard habitat lost

Andrew leads international study of decline

Over 75% of global Leopard habitat lost

UCL Geography's Andrew Jacobson (also Zoological Society of London, and the National Geographic Society) was lead author of a paper on 4th May in the on-line journal, PeerJ, about global leopard (Panthera pardus) decline.

Over the past 3 years an international team has created the most comprehensive map ever of historical and current leopard distribution. This shows that the leopard has lost up to 75% of its global habitat, and in several regions, including N and W Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, SE Asia, China, and the Russian Far East, populations have lost >95% of their historical range.

Increased research and conservation effort is needed in many of these areas, especially for neglected subspecies whose habitats are most threatened.

The research has received international media attention, appearing in the Guardian, New York Times and the The Washington Post.




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