The Last of The Amur Leopard: The World’s Most Endangered Big Cat

The Amur leopard is a sub-specie of the leopard.

Amur leopards are native to  China, in the northeast, going to the south of Peking and the Korean Peninsula, and Russia. 

Most of  species are rarely found in cold or high-elevated environments.  The Amur leopard is the sub-species of the leopard, and prefers temperate forests,  and harsh winters of  Russia, in the far east.

It has distinctive rosettes, a thick border and eyes widely spread

These leopards are critically endangered, and have decreased  fifty times over the  past thirty years.

There is only one found in Primorye Territory in Russia

The reason for the decline in Amur leopards are as follows:

Cutting down of tress

Forest fires

The land in most ares have been chosen for farming

Most leopards are rarely found in cold or high-elevation environments, but instead live in the savannas of Africa where populations are relatively stable.

The reason for the decline of the Amur leopard is as follows:

The cutting down of trees

Forest fires

Land has been chosen for farming

Poaching for their fur coats

When trees are cut down it leaves no place for other prey to survive for the leopards.

Inbreeding, a problem  for the disappearance of the species, because of genetic degeneration.  This happens even without the influence of human.

There are severe reproductive and congenital abnormalities, if inbreeding remains.

A three month old cub of the Amur leopard is at the San Diego Zoo.  This is to  try and keep the species in existence.

Some conservationists think it is too late to save the Amur leopard

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14 Responses to “The Last of The Amur Leopard: The World’s Most Endangered Big Cat”
  1. Kharla Jolly Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    What a shame, this species is extinct. It’s a beautiful animal, with God’s own perfect design. Thanks, for this very nicely written, interesting article. Have a great day, Chipmunk!

  2. Lisa Marie Mottert Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Sad, about the endangered Amur Leopard…beautiful cat.
    Good article…

  3. Dreamy777 Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

    sorry they are endangered they are cute really

  4. Will Dee Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Sad but very informative article. That is one lovely animal. Thanks for the share.

  5. shubhamkumar Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    now really people needs to come up……..
    instead of discussing all these now we have to do some action to protect our future…………
    thanx for this information………Atleast there are some who all are taking some initiative to save these animals and i feel u are one of them………..

  6. Christina Noll Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    such a beautiful cat, so sad :(

  7. Margaret Boseroy Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    What a beautiful cat! Thanks for sharing.

  8. yes me Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    The world will be a sad place without its wild life cheers

  9. sheilanewton Says...

    On April 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    beautiful creature. Hope it’s not endangered for long. We need to create good environments for such big cats to be safe and multiply.

  10. Debi Says...

    On May 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    these leopards are so beautiful.. I wish they were not endangered.
    thank you for writing this great article and keeping us aware

  11. Ron Says...

    On May 12, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Wow, what beautiful animals these cats are! What a shame they are so close to becoming extinct. I hope zoologists can do something to save them, such as a breeding program to prevent inbreeding.

  12. Eiddwen Says...

    On May 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Brilliant and beautiful;I loved this one .

  13. RemieRyan Says...

    On May 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Too bad to hear that!

  14. kocherp Says...

    On July 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Good one

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