Highlights and Main Attractions of Land of the Leopard National Park
In the extreme southeast of the country, close to the borders with China and North Korea, Russia has established a 650,000-acre national park to protect what is regarded as the world’s rarest cat, the Amur leopard. Around 70-80 individuals are estimated to survive in the wild, making this protected area – which covers around 60% of the leopards’ habitat – a vital step forward in the effort to save this species from extinction. The remote forested area within Russia’s Primorsky Krai region also encompasses the cats’ breeding grounds, a move which provides the Amur leopard population with its best possible chance of expanding. 2017 also saw the opening of a $6million research centre within Land of the Leopard, with its administrative building and laboratories comprising the world’s largest facility dedicated to the conservation of the Amur leopard. The enterprise has also added a hotel and museum for visitors to the park to enjoy. To embark on a trip to this far-flung corner of the world, in search of the rarest feline of them all, is to truly step into the wild.