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Arabian Leopard

Arabian Leopard

Scientific name: Panthera pardus nimr

The Arabian leopard is a leopard subspecies native to the Arabian Peninsula and classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN since 1996. Fewer than 200 wild individuals were estimated to be alive in 2006. The population comprises fewer than 250 mature individuals and is severely fragmented. Subpopulations are isolated and not larger than 50 mature individuals. The population is thought to decline continuously.

The Arabian leopard is one of the smallest leopard subspecies. It was tentatively affirmed as a distinct subspecies by genetic analysis from a single captive leopard from Israel of south Arabian origin, which appeared most closely related to the African leopard.

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Arabian Leopard (Panthera pardus nimr) at the Arabia's Wildlife Centre, Sharjah, UAE, 31.03.2011.

Arabian Leopard (Panthera pardus nimr) at the Arabia's Wildlife Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 31.03.2011. Video by: Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa.
النمر العربي في مركز حيوانات شبه الجزيرة العربية ، مُنتزه الصحراء ، الشارقة ، دولة الإمارات العربية المُتحدة ، 31 مارس 2011 . تصوير فيديو : د. نورمان علي بسام علي طاهر خلف اليافاوي