Animal’s Behavior Solitary climbers and strong swimmers, these incredible cats can run as fast as 37 miles an hour for a short period of time and can leap as high as 20 feet. They are ideally suited to thrive in cold, snowy climates. Conservation Efforts The Amur leopard is arguably one of the most endangered species on the planet, with about 30 individuals estimated to be living in the wild. Zoos, with a combined collection of approximately Amur leopards, are crucial to maintaining the genetic diversity of the species. There are plans in the works to try to reintroduce animals into their natural habitat. Animal Facts Amur leopards have beautiful light, blue-green eyes. Thirteen international organizations have come together to create an alliance aimed at saving the Amur leopard from extinction.
Did you know? Planet Earth. Hooded seal Zre. To deal with the cold climate in which they live the Amur Leopard has a thick coat of pale, cream coloured fur.
The Amur leopard Panthera pardus orientalis is a leopard subspecies native to the Primorye region of southeastern Russia and northern China. In , only 19—26 wild leopards were estimated to survive in southeastern Russia and northeastern China. As of [update], fewer than 60 individuals were estimated to survive in Russia and China. Results of genetic research indicate that the Amur leopard is genetically close to leopards in northern China and Korea, suggesting that the leopard population in this region became fragmented in the early 20th century. In , Hermann Schlegel described a leopard skin from Korea under the scientific name Felis orientalis. The remaining are not considered valid subspecies. Phylogenetic analysis of leopard samples from Primorsky Krai and North Korea revealed that they cannot be distinguished. It is considered probable that the population became fragmented less than a century ago. The complete mitochondrial genome of a wild male leopard specimen from Shaanxi Province in central China has been amplified and is 16, base pairs long.
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