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An endangered subspecies, the Persian leopard was once abundant across most mountain and forest habitats in Iran, but it is now one of
external image th?&id=OIP.M77dbffbe743b2fe8aa18bd99d6499fbbo0&w=300&h=225&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0the rarest species of carnivores in the country. Around 65% of the wild population of the Persian leopard in western Asia live in Iran. Moreover, despite of poaching and habitat reduction, the range of the leopard is still known to include large areas of Iran, and it is estimated that there are about 550-850 leopards still surviving in the country. Presently, there are a number of mountainous areas throughout Iran where the leopards live, but various threats have resulted in formation of small, probably isolated population.