This male Amur leopard is a resident at the WHF in Kent.
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The population and distribution of the Amur leopard has been reduced to a fraction of its former size. It is estimated that 80% of its range was lost between 1970 and 1983. Today, the majority of Amur leopards live in the temperate forests of the Primorskii region of Russia − a 5,000 sq km area between Vladivostok and the Chinese border – with a few individuals living in the Jilin and Heiongjiang provinces of NE China, and possibly a few in North Korea.
The Amur leopard, also known as the Far East Leopard or Manchurian Leopard, is listed as Critically Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. With only around 35 left in the wild, it is considered the world’s most endangered cat.
The Amur leopard can be distinguished from other leopard subspecies by the widely spaced rosettes with thick borders on its coat.
Information courtesy of the WWF.