Dubbed the â€œLand of the Leopardâ€ National Park, the reserve covers 1,011 square miles (262,000 hectares) of key habitat for leopards and tigers. The park was created by merging three existing protected areas â€” Barsovy Federal Wildlife Refuge, and Borisovkoe Plateau Regional Wildlife Refuge â€” and adding new areas along the Chinese border.
â€œThis is tremendous news for big cat conservation,â€ said Peter Zahler, WCS Deputy Director for Asia, in a statment. â€œThe creation of this park greatly increases the amount of land protecting critical populations of two of the worldâ€™s big cats, and it will go a long way to securing their future. We look forward to continuing to provide whatever support is requested to help conserve tigers and leopards in the region.â€