Amur leopards are one of just ten subspecies of leopard, and is distinguishable by its pale coat.
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.
This Amur leopard is quite a playful young boy! He loves playing with enrichment items and is always willing to participate in voluntary training.
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.
Amur basin of China
48 kg (105 lbs.) | 7 feet
Hare, deer, and other small mammals
Top predator but competes with Amur tigers for food
Sharp teeth and claws, camouflage, ability to climb trees
1–6 cubs per litter