The magnificent Amur (pronounced amour) or Far Eastern Leopard is one of the most, if not the most, endangered big cats in the world, yet it receives much less attention and conservation funding than the Amur Tiger. The Amur Leopards are in extreme danger of extinction.
The beautiful Amur Leopards are known as strong, solitary, nocturnal animals that can live about 10 to 15 years in the wild. A rare subspecies of leopard, they live in the northern most part of leopard’s range in North East China and the Russian Far East, in a narrow band of land along the politically sensitive Russian, Chinese and North Korean borders. Weather in the broadleaf and mixed temperate forests is highly variable with extremely cold, snowy winters. The last remaining viable population of about 35 leopards resides in a biodiversity hotspot called Southwest Primorye, a small area in Russia between Vladivostok and the Chinese border.
Ten times more endangered than the Amur Tiger, the plight of the Amur Leopard went almost unnoticed until zoos began to speak out on their behalf in the 1990’s.
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