Amur Leopard

Endangered Species

Species Info

The Amur leopard is a very rare leopard subspecies that lives only in the remote and snowy northern forests of eastern Russian’s Primorye region. Its former range included Korea and northern China, but the Amur leopard is now extinct in those countries. The Amur leopard is solitary, nimble-footed and strong. It carries and hides unfinished kills so that they are not taken by other predators. A 2007 survey counted only 14-20 adult Amur leopards and 5-6 cubs left.
Amur Leopard

Threats

Threats facing the species include habitat loss due to logging and road building. Another huge threat to the Amur leopard is poaching (illegal hunting). It is poached largely for its beautiful, spotted fur. Amur leopard skin, is being sold for $500 and $1,000 dollers. Another threat is global climate change.

Current conservation efforts

There is lots being done to safe these leopard. For example, The Pheonix Fund intends to provide anti-poaching protection. A highly skilled, mobile, law enforcement team with essential equipment has been selected to protect the leopards. They want to substantially reduce poaching of the Amur Leopard through strengthing law enforcement and habitat protection, improving data collection and nature protection legislation, educating the public, and engaging local communities in conservation efforts. Also WWF and TRAFFIC, the world’s largest wildlife trade monitoring network, help governments enforce domestic and international trade restrictions on Amur leopard products.

Impact

The Amur leopard is important ecologically, economically and culturally. Conservation of its habitat benefits other species, including Amur tigers and prey species like deer. With the right conservation efforts, we can bring them back and keep them around for a long time.

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