Indochinese Leopards Poached to Near Extinction

Indochinese Leopards Poached to Near Extinction

The Indochinese leopard is an inhabitant of mainland Southeast Asia and is now among the endangered species in the region.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List update, an assessment of subspecies found that the leopard population has dwindled by more than 80 percent in the past two decades. A major reason for this is indiscriminate snaring and poaching.

While speaking to the New Straits Times, WWF International’s Asia Pacific regional director Dr A. Christy Williams said, “The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is deeply concerned by the decline in the Indochinese leopard population. It is critical for the governments in the region to take action. We have a collective responsibility to ensure the remaining populations do not go extinct.”

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