Amur Leopard

Amur Leopard
Amur Leopard

Animal's Behavior

Solitary climbers and strong swimmers, these incredible cats can run as fast as 37 miles an hour for a short period of time, and can leap as high as 20 feet. They are ideally suited to thrive in cold, snowy climates.

Eating Habits

True carnivores, Amur leopards eat deer, boar and rodents.

Range

Korea, northeast China and eastern Russia

Conservation Efforts

The Amur leopard is arguably one of the most endangered species on the planet, with about 30 individuals estimated to be living in the wild. Zoos, with a combined collection of approximately 300 Amur leopards, are crucial to maintaining the genetic diversity of the species. There are plans in the works to try to reintroduce animals into their natural habitat.

Animal Facts

  • Amur leopards have beautiful light, blue-green eyes.
  • Amur leopard cubs stay with their mothers for almost two years before becoming independent.
  • Thirteen international organizations have come together to create an alliance aimed at saving the Amur leopard from extinction.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Panthera pardus orientalis

Classification

Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Felidae

Place of Birth

Mountain forests

Size

70 – 110 lbs.

Color

Pale coat with widely spaced dark rosette patterning

Lifespan

15-25 years

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

Where to See

Audubon Zoo