LEO80: A Leopard's Story, a documentary on the unusual life of the Far Eastern leopard named Nikolai, has been translated into Chinese to attract public attention to the restoration of the spotted cats' population in China.
Back in the 19th century, Far Eastern leopards lived on the Korean Peninsula, in eastern China and in the south of the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in Russia's Primorye Territory. There are no such cats in North Korea now, and those in eastern China have been spotted only in direct proximity to the border with Russia.
The main character of the film is a young Far Eastern leopard, Leo 80M, who injured his paw in a poacher's trap and was found by Russian border guards on the Russian-Chinese border in June 2015. The film shows veterinarians operating on the leopard and rehabilitation centre employees teaching him to hunt before his potential release into the wild. However, there were doubts that Leo 80M would survive in the taiga with his injured paw, so experts decided to introduce the member of this rare leopard subspecies to the zoo breeding programme.