Leopard Typhoon© Land of the Leopard press service
04 March 2016

New master in Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve

The Far Eastern leopard Typhoon (Leo 12M) has officially "announced" Kedrovaya Pad to be one of his territories: the male leopard was caught on trail cameras there. Earlier, this territory was controlled by the leopard Meamur (Leo 11M), who was hit by a car on the Razdolnoye–Khasan motorway in the autumn.

"Meamur was Kedrovaya Pad's permanent resident and its only male leopard for a long time. Now we can reasonably expect Typhoon to become the master of these territories, as he has no more rivals without Leo 11M. Far Eastern leopards are not territorial animals and have no individual habitats; however, there is a limit to the number of animals that can live on the same territory," Anna Vitkalova, head of the research department at Land of the Leopard National Park, said.

Several years ago, Typhoon's image was only captured in Land of the Leopard National Park. He first appeared in Kedrovaya Pad in early 2015: the young male leopard had grown up and expanded its habitat. In autumn 2015, he was caught on trail cameras with the leopardess Bary, and in February 2016 Typhoon left a scent mark, thus declaring the territory as its own. Researchers suppose that this predator can meet with a rival: leopard Leo 65M came here from the national park's north in 2015.

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