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National park in NE China sees population growth of Siberian tigers, Amur leopards
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The number of wild Siberian tigers and Amur leopards in a national park in Northeast China's Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces has climbed to 50 and 60, respectively, in just four years, shattering predictions that both species would become extinct in China.

Wildlife conservation experts noted that the national park, an internationally recognized approach, will become the main model for wildlife conservation in China, and co-managed national parks with other countries will be a direction to explore.

In 2017, the pilot system of the Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park was officially launched in a bid to expand the populations of these two rare animals in China. 

Recent data showed that during the pilot period, the forest stock increased by 5.2 percent, more than 10 new Siberian tiger cubs and more than seven Amur leopard cubs were bred, and the survival rate of cubs increased from about 30 percent to 50 percent, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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