Lonely Planet Writer

World’s rarest big cat steadily rising in numbers

The rare Amur leopard.
The rare Amur leopard. Image by Tim Strater / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Amur leopard, considered the world’s rarest big cat, is showing signs of recovery thanks to conservation efforts in China and Russia. Only a few dozen of the species now exist in the wild, but they were once prevalent across several parts of North Asia. Conservation parks in both Russia and China have noted a doubling in the number of Amur leopards since the last count, with eight to 12 in the wild in China and a further 57 over the border in Russia. Read more: nytimes.com