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There is no sense in having the reference "Anatolian Tigers, a term used for fast-growing inland cities of Turkey" for this article. It's like having a reference for the Jaguar automobile included for an article on the animal Jaguar! In any case, that article is for tigers, not leopards. Better would be to include a picture of this animal, for example from past Hurriyet articles, with proper permissions obtained for copyright. I am not removing the said reference, as I do not want to get into fights. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 09:23, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
The Anatolian leopard, (Panthera pardus tulliana), is a subspecies of leopard. It is not known whether it still exist in the wild.
These leopards at one time thrived in the forests and hill regions of Aegean, West Mediterranean, East Mediterranean, and East Anatolia. Adults grow from 200-250 cm long and may weigh up to 90 kg; their lifespan is approximately 20 years. Diet In the wild, the leopard's prey consists of wild ungulates, which include deer, chamois, mountain goats, and occasionally wild boar and birds as well as domestic livestock.
The last official sighting of the Anatolian leopard was in 1974. That animal was killed after an attack to a woman in Bagozu village, 5 km. from Beypazari. Although some scientists have suggested that the species has since become extinct, others have suggested that there are still between 10-15 Anatolian leopards in the wilds of Anatolia, Turkey. In 2001, the animal had allegedly been spotted around the Dandi region in the eastern Mediterranean, and around Musikli Brook in the eastern Black Sea. Another sighting of the animal in Pokut Plateau, on the eastern Black Sea, was reported in 2004.
Cause For Decline
It is thought that extensive trophy hunting is the principal factor in the decline and possible extinction of the Anatolian Leopard. One hunter, Mantolu Hasan, singlehandedly killed at least fifteen of the animals, possibly as many as fifty.
A GNU/Linux distribution in Turkey, Pardus, is named after the Anatolian leopard. It is highly popular locally.
- Cat Specialist Group (1996). Panthera pardus ssp. tulliana. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this subspecies is critically endangered and the criteria used
* The Last Anatolian Panther
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Merge|Persian leopard ?
- It makes no sense at all. The Anatolian Leopard is a distinct subspecies. It's been over a month so I have removed the template. Afro-Eurasian (talk) 20:10, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
- This assumption is not correct. Subsuming P.p. tulliana to ciscaucasica/saxicolor in the IUCN red list does not imply anything regarding tulliana's taxonomic status. -- BhagyaMani (talk) 10:29, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
In the IUCN red list, the 'status in the wild' of species is assessed, not their taxonomic status. Results of a morphological analysis indicated that cranial characters of leopards from south-western Turkey (considered tulliana) are distinct from those in the Caucasus (considered ciscaucasica) -- see Khorozyan et al. 2006. Taxonomic status of the leopard, Panthera pardus (Carnivora, Felidae) in the Caucasus and adjacent areas. Russian Journal of Theriology 5(1): 41-52. -- BhagyaMani (talk) 15:52, 2 February 2014 (UTC)