THAT'S MY DEN !!! by jdmphotography

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Amur Leopard

The Amur Leopard is a wild feline predator native to the Russian Far East, and also the mountainous areas of the taiga as well as other temperate forests. It is one of the rarest felids in the world with an estimated 35 to 45 individuals remaining in the wild.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has deemed the Amur leopard critically endangered, meaning that it is considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Of the eight subspecies, the Amur, or Far Eastern leopard shows the strongest divergence in coat pattern. The coat is yellowish (especially in winter) and has widely spaced rosettes with thick, black rings and darkened centers. The length of the coat varies between 2.5 cm (1 in) in summer and 7.5 cm (3 in) in winter. They have light, blue-green eyes.

The main prey species of the Amur leopard are roe and sika deer, along with hares and badgers.

The Amur typically faces difficulty in areas where it must share territory with tigers, but this is seldom the case in Russia. Studies have indicated that an increased tiger population in the Southwest Primary area has not adversely affected the leopard population.

Amur leopards in zoos show some evidence of seasonal breeding with a peak in births in late spring/early summer. After a gestation period of around 12 weeks cubs are born in litters of 1-4 individuals, with an average litter size of just over 2. The cubs will stay with their mother for up to two years before becoming fully independent. Females first breed at an age of 3–4 years.

In the wild, leopards live for 10–15 years and they may reach 20 years in captivity.


  • joak
    joakover 5 years ago

    glad its no me in there..whit a great shot

  • lol thanks for the kind comments joak ! ……..

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  • jdmphotography
    jdmphotographyover 5 years ago


  • helmutk
    helmutkover 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture !

  • Thank you kindly my friend ! …….

    – jdmphotography

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago

    oh hes so gorgeous ! excellent capture

  • Hi Lu’ Thank you for them lovely comments ! ……… (-;

    – jdmphotography

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 5 years ago

    Great info Jon! Excellent shot of this gorgeous creature! Looks like you were right in it’s den!!! What camoflauge this leopard has. Awesome catch! A fave for me!

  • Thank you Ginny for such kind words and the fav ! ……. (-;

    – jdmphotography

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    Neat shot

  • Thanks for the kind comment Tina ! …… (-;

    – jdmphotography

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    This is an excellent shot, xx

  • Thank you Ann for your kind comments ! ….. (-;

    – jdmphotography

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 5 years ago
    Wow fantastic capture. looks like you were in the den how did you manage this or is it a secret .Very beautiful creature .
  • Shhh It’s a secret … lol thanks for these wonderful but curious comments lilian ! ….. (-;

    – jdmphotography

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you again my friend ! ……..

    – jdmphotography

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 5 years ago

    Awesome shot !

  • Hi Steven’ Thank you for your kind comments ! …….

    – jdmphotography

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