Leopard's Vulnerable status requires greater protection- CLAWS Founder quoted in Africa Geographic

Leopards are elusive but recent surveys show they are doing worse than previously thought.

Leopards are elusive but recent surveys show they are doing worse than previously thought.

In an article in this month's web-based Africa Geographic magazine, Cheryl Lyn Dybas spoke to various experts to discuss leopard distribution.  On the heels of the recent manuscript published in the journal PeerJ, leopard experts have been speaking out about the estimated 75% reduction to their range and what that means for the species. Dr. Andrew Stein, founder and president of CLAWS, lead an international team of scientists that recommended a change in leopard status from Near Threatened to Vulnerable.

Stein's stated, “The change signals to leopard range countries that the cat’s status is more grave than previously understood,” he says. “It begins a process of deeper evaluation, including calls for greater protection and intensified regulation of trade and trophy hunting.”

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