Check out this Wired piece on cameras planted in a Java rainforest which caught a few beautiful and endangered leopards.
I would like to see a greater effort made to get many DNA samples of these leopards and other endangered species. As they shrink in numbers valuable genetic diversity is lost. The information we could get from many DNA samples would allow eventual identification of harmful mutations that will make it difficult for smaller populations to survive. It seems unlikely most endangered will survive in the wild. But perhaps in some future century they could be reintroduced if human population sizes ever go down.
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