Amur Leopard Is In Danger

POPULATION: More than 60 individuals

About Amur leopard

The Amur leopard is also known as the Far East leopard, The Korean leopard or the Manchurian leopard. We usually think of leopards in the African savannas but in the Russian Far East and rare species has adapted to life in the forests that make up the northern-most part of the species’ range.

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Some interesting facts:

1. Male Amur Leopard weights of 35-60 kilograms and the female - 25-43 kilograms.

2. The length of the Amur leopard's wool in the summer is 2.5 centimeters, and in the winter changed to 7 centimeter. Color is bright, with shades of reddish-yellow.

3. The Amur leopard can run at speeds of up to 60 km/h. This amazing animal can jump more than 6 meters horizontally and up to 3 meters vertically.

4. They live for 10-15 years in the wild and in captivity more than 20 years.

Real Danger

The Amur leopard is exposed to illegal hunting is mainly because of its beautiful fur. In 1999 an experiment was carried out: the people have made the skin of female and male Amur leopard, and then sold for $500 and $1000 in the village of Barabash, Russia. This experiment shows that there are illegal markets for such products close to the habitats of animals.

So, the illegal hunting is a serious problem not only to leopards, but also for other animals, which are subject to destruction by people for food and money.

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