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Leopard Believed To Have Extinct In 1983 Spotted Alive In Taiwan

Ever since man began his never-ending pursuit of wealth, Poaching, deforestation, Climate change has led to the extinction of many priceless animal species all around the world.

Extinct Leopard

Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa Brachyura), an extremely rare species of Feline in Taiwan, is thought to be extinct because it hadn’t been seen since 1983 officially. A joint survey by Taiwanese and U.S. zoologists in the region during the period from 2001 to 2013 too have failed to find even one leopard. So, this species was finally declared extinct in 2013.

Recently, however, these allusive creatures have been allegedly sighted roaming around in the wilderness of Taitung County, Taiwan, by multiple witnesses alive and well in January 2019, inspiring a group of rangers to launch a full-scale monitoring mission in the area. To everyone’s joy, the rangers have now officially reported two confirmed sightings of a group of Formosan clouded leopards hunting goats in the wilderness, and one running up a tree.

Extinct Leopard

The significance of this find has sparked a lot of attention among locals in the area. Locals as well as the tribal members are now holding meetings to discuss the sightings and how to stop outsiders from attempting to hunt leopards.

Tribal members have taken up the responsibility of stopping the hunters from entering the forests, while the elders of the village are lobbying Taiwanese authorities to end logging and other illegal activities that can harm the homeland of the clouded leopard.

The ‘extinct’ Asian big cat, similar to the clouded leopard (pictured above at Taipei city zoo in 2013) was last seen in 1983. (Getty)
The ‘extinct’ Asian big cat, similar to the clouded leopard (pictured above at Taipei city zoo in 2013) was last seen in 1983. (Getty)

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