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Amur Leopard

Panthera pardus orientalis

The most critically endangered big cat

Amur leopards are one of just ten subspecies of leopard, and is distinguishable by its pale coat.

About the Species

Cats adapted to the cold

The native range of these big cats spans between southern Russia and northern China. They have thick coats to keep them warm during the winter seasons but have no problem adapting to other weather conditions. They are unfortunately critically endangered, with fewer than seventy believed to be remaining in their natural habitat. In human care, there are around 200 individuals and worldwide conservation efforts are in effect to restore the population to a healthy, stable level.

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Words From the Experts


This Amur leopard is quite a playful young boy! He loves playing with enrichment items and is always willing to participate in voluntary training.



Did You Know?

Leopards are primarily solitary unless mating. They are skillful and opportunistic hunters, feeding on a wide variety of food. They'll stalk their prey within a few meters before making the pounce.


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Amur basin of China

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Temperate forests

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48 kg (105 lbs.) | 7 feet

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Hare, deer, and other small mammals

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Top predator but competes with Amur tigers for food

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Natural Defenses

Sharp teeth and claws, camouflage, ability to climb trees

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1–6 cubs per litter

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Critically endangered

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Life Expectancy

10–15 years

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