Range and Habitat: Temperate forests of Russian Far East, Korean Peninsula and northeastern China
Life Span: Up to 20 years
Status in the Wild: Critically Endangered
Threats to Survival: Amur leopards are threatened primarily due to poaching for their beautiful coats. Other threats include human encroachment and habitat loss.
- The Amur leopard is considered the most endangered cat in the world. It is believed that fewer than 40 specimens remain in the wild.
- Amur leopards can leap more than 19 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically. They are strong enough to drag their prey up into trees in order to keep it away from other predators.
- The Amur leopard is well adapted to the harsh climate with a heavy coat which is paler in color than other leopard species and provides camouflage in the snow.