The leopard that was thought to be extinct since 1983, have been spotted alive

Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura) which was assumed to be extinct, was magically seen in Taiwan. Between 2001 and 2013, zoologists from Taiwan and the United States studied the area, but no leopards were found. As a result, in 2013, this species was considered extinct.

For natives in the region, the importance of the discovery is remarkable, and they are already having community meetings to discuss the occurrences and how to stop tourists and visitors from attempting to harm leopards.

Tribal members hope they can ban foreigners from hunting in the region, while village elders are urging Taiwanese authorities to stop log.g.ing and other land-damaging operations.

Professor Liu Chiung-hsi of National Taitung University’s Department of Life Science believes that this creature still lives. The Formosan is believed to be fast and watchful, escaping human tries to capture or otherwise catch it, so this is the reason why it hasn’t been spotted by a human in over 2 decades, according to Liu.

According to biologists and conservationists, the Earth is presently experiencing its mass extinction event, with plants and animals becoming extinct at rates that are 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than normal. As a result, the discovery of the Formosan spotted leopard in Taiwan is fantastic news for our planet.