Typhoon the leopard© Land of the Leopard press service
07 May 2015

Trespassing leopard intrudes on Meamur's turf

Camera traps installed at the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve captured an uninvited guest intruding into the habitat of Meamur, a leopard. The trespasser who encroached on the territory controlled by Kedrovaya Pad's master is Typhoon, a male leopard, who was named by members of the Russian Geographical Society in 2014. He appeared on Meamur's turf twice before: in early and late April. At first, scientists thought that it was a young leopard never seen before, but analysis of the spots showed that it was Typhoon.

"Possibly, Typhoon decided to expand his habitat. Besides, this is where a young female, Bary, also lives," said Yelena Salmanova, Deputy Director for Research at Land of the Leopard. She added that male leopards try to grab a bigger tract of land with more females, who can potentially bear their offspring.

Over years of observation, researchers have followed the change of leopard generations at Kedrovaya Pad. Several years ago, Tolsty [Fatty], Kedrovaya Pad's former master, dropped off the radar. He was replaced by Lord, until Meamur moved in. In 2014, trail cameras captured Meamur taking interest in the queen of Kedrovaya Pad, Kedrovka, and a little later, he was caught on video with another female, Bary, Kedrovka's daughter.

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