The entire Russian Far East has a human population of around six million people — about two million less than New York City. This vast expanse of untouched forest and clean rivers leaves plenty of room for a bountiful population of wildlife. This little-visited corner of the globe is one of the most biologically-rich temperate forest zones in the world, an enclave for some of the rarest animals and plants on Earth.
Here are 8 of the most beautiful and interesting creatures found in this peaceful place.
Amur leopards are the most endangered big cat in the world. There are only an estimated 60 to 80 animals left in the forests of the southern Russian Far East and adjacent China.