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Indonesia | Recent photo of big cat in Ujung Kolon NP was of rare leopard, not extinct tiger

A recent photo that sparked speculation that an Indonesian tiger species had come back from extinction most likely shows instead a rare, but certainly not extinct, Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas), scientists say.

The photo, taken by rangers at Ujung Kulon National Park at the western tip of the island of Java, showed a big cat that many initially thought bore a resemblance to the Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica), a subspecies believed to have gone extinct in the 1980s but only officially declared so 14 years ago.

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