Amur Leopard

By Gabriella Francisci

Amur Leopards: a Critically Endangered Species

The Amur Leopard is a critically endangered species of leopard, that is found in the temperate forests of the Russian Far East. The scientific name of this leopard is Panthera Pardus Orientalis.



  • Also known as the Manchurian leopard, and the Korean leopard.
  • Conserving the Amur leopard's habitat benefits other species, such as deer.
  • Amur leopards are currently critically endangered, with a population of more than 60.
  • The Amur leopard is one of the rarest big cats in the world.
  • The Amur leopard is also found in the river basins at the base of Russia's mountains.

Threats

Threats to the Amur leopard's Population Include...

  • The Amur leopard faces prey scarcity in the wild, meaning that the animals that they eat to survive are being poached.
  • The Amur leopard's habitat is being logged for wood, and deforestation for new urban development is also occurring.
  • Amur leopards are often illegally poached for their fur and skin.
  • Inbreeding is also occurring more leopards to develop abnormalities and die.

Conservation Efforts

  • WWF is making efforts to stop illegal poaching, and illegal fur trades.
  • Efforts to increase the population of the Amur leopards prey, such as the roe deer.
  • Conservationists are increasing areas of protected land in the areas where these leopards live.
  • In 2012, Russia's government created a protected area for these leopards, called the Land of the Leopard National Park. This park contains breeding areas, and is also home for the endangered Amur tigers too.
  • Anti poaching brigades try and work to protect these leopard's habitats, and try and prevent them from being poached for their fur.
  • People can adopt these leopards in the wild, which contributes to protecting them.