The Amur leopard, known as the Far Eastern leopard, is a leopard subspecies native to southeastern Russia, northeastern China, and the Korean peninsula. They have thicker fur and are smaller than other leopard subspecies. They are the only type of leopard adapted to a snowy climate. They can run up to 37 mph, jump at least 19 ft horizontally and up 10 ft vertically.
The Amur leopard is classified as critically endangered, the most severe level granted to wild animals, and it is estimated that there are fewer than 60 in the wild today. The main threats to the Amur leopard are poaching, habitat loss due to urban development and deforestation, and inbreeding due to a small population. Conservation efforts are under way in China and Russia and there is still hope for the survival of the Amur leopard.
The Amur leopard is WWF’s priority species, meaning it is one of the most ecologically, economically, and culturally important species on the planet.
*Sources: Wikipedia, WWF