The Endangered Amur Leopard

Many amazing and unique big cats are sadly critically endangered, and the Amur leopard is one of them. Here you’ll learn more about this graceful feline.

Where Amur Leopards Live

The Amur Leopard, also called the Far Eastern Leopard, lives in the temperate forests of Far Eastern Russia, where they face harsh winters and hot summers. They’re found in Southwest Primorye in the Russian Far East, and along the Russian border with Heilongjiang (a mouthful), Province and Jilin Province in North East China. It’s possible that a few leopards also exist in North Korea, but no one has been allowed to check out this area so far. The Amur leopard is the northernmost (another mouthful) of all of the leopard subspecies. Its historic range extended throughout northeastern (“Manchurian”) China, the southern part of Primorsky Krai in Russia and the Korean Peninsula. Amur Leopards disappeared sadly in this area during the 20th century, because of habitat loss and hunting. The first accurate estimate of Amur Leopards was made by Dmitry Pikunov and Vladimir Abramov at the turn of the 20th century. Dmitry and Vladimir estimated about  38 to 46 Amur leopard still alive in Russia. The point is, less than 50 Amur Leopards are still alive today. In fact, the Amur leopard are one of the most endangered animals in the world.

An Amur Leopard’s Life

An Amur Leopard’s lifespan can range from 10 to 15 years in the wild. Amur leopards mature at two to three years of age. They mostly breed in January and February. Amur Leopards can have up to 6 cubs in a litter, but they usually have 2-3 after a gestation period of 90-105 days. Like most felines, Amur Leopards are born blind and helpless. They weigh around one pound, and they don’t open their eyes until they’re ten days old. When the cubs are six to eight weeks old they start to follow their mother out of the den.  By three months the cubs are weaned, but they shall stay with their mother learning how to hunt until they are 18-24 months old. The Amur leopard can live up to 12 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity. That’s a lot for a big cat!

That’s all for today! I hoped you liked learning about the Amur Leopard!

The Feline Queen ❤️

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