Panthera pardus orientalis
Head abd body length: 100 - 145 cm, taik: 80 - 85 cm
30 - 60 kg
Estimated at 30 - 35
Temperate deciduous forest in the southern Primorye province of Russia
Elusive. Enigmatic. and very nearly extinct. The Amur leopard remains something of a mystery; What we know of its life in the wild has largely been pieced together by researchers who follow its tracks in the snow. The northernmost of the leopards, it grows a long, thick coat to cope with winter temperatures as low as -30°C. A formidable predator, it prays mainly on deer and wild boar, though it will hunt smaller animals as well. The leopard by itself is pray to poachers, however, putting a terrible pressure on a population also struggling with habitat loss. And because numbers are so desperately low, it wouldn't take much to push the leopard over the edge.