Amur Leopard

By ~ Natalia Keaton

  1. What is the name of your species? Amur Leopard

  2. What is their scientific name? Panthera pardus orientalis

  3. What is their current population? More than 60 individuals

4. Where are they usually found? Russian Far East
5. What is its endangerment status? (Critical, Threatened, Endangered) Critically Endangered
6. Why is your species endangered? Provide an explanation - do NOT just write "habitat loss" Agriculture and villages surround the forests where the leopards live. As a result the forests are relatively accessible, making poaching a problem—not only for the leopards themselves, but also for important prey species, such as roe deer, sika deer and hare, which are hunted by the villagers both for food and cash.
7. What is being done to help your species? Increasing areas of protected land in both Russia and China, reducing illegal and unsustainable logging practices, and facilitating trade between companies committed to responsible forestry practices. In 2007, WWF and other conservationists successfully lobbied the Russian government to reroute a planned oil pipeline that would have endangered the leopard's habitat.
8. What does your species eat? Roe deer, red deer, musk deer, sika deer, wild boar, hares, badgers, etc.
9. Include at least 2 interesting facts about your species. Amur leopard can run at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. They live for 10-15 years, and in captivity up to 20 years.