Monday, November 16, 2015
Mapping the Leopards
There are now fewer than 60 Amur leopards living in the wild. Part of the reason for this is the loss of the leopard's natural habitat. Leopards have lost around 66% of their natural habitat in Africa and 85% in Eurasia. This loss of habitat and the effect on Leopards is explored in National Geographic's Learning to Live with Leopards.
National Geographic's report examines the relationship between man and leopard and the effect of the rising human population on the survival of this majestic animal. The report is accompanied by an interactive map which shows the leopard's historic range (in circa 1750) and its range today.
The map looks in turn at each of the subspecies of leopards (African, Arabian, Persian, Indian, Sri Lankan, Indochinese, Javan, North Chinese and Amur). When you select one of the subspecies the map zooms in on that species' natural habitat. The map shows the historical range and the current range of the selected subspecies of leopard, alongside the density of the human population. The map sidebar also reports on the estimated numbers left of each subspecies of leopard.