#China has announced plans to build a new national park to save the Siberian tiger and Amur leopard from extinction. The new US-style national park will be located in northeast China on the border of Russia and North Korea. It will cover 14,600 square kilometers (5,600 square miles), making it 60 percent bigger than Yellowstone in the US. A plan and pilot for the park is expected by 2020.
In 1998, less than 10 wild Siberian tigers were estimated to be living in the area, rising to 27 by 2015 due to conservation efforts. However, the current reserve is not big enough for the species to thrive. Approximately 400 more are thought to live in Russia. The global population of Amur leopards was less than 30 in 2007, which had almost doubled by 2015 thanks to work by conservation groups such as WWF.
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