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Amur Leopard

A look at the Amur Leopard, why it's endangered, and what's being done about it.
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Abigail Krause

on 7 February 2013

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Amur
Leopard Other Known Names: Far East Leopard Manchurian leopard Korean leopard Life Expectancy 10-15 years in
the wild 20 years in
captivity Scientific
Name Panthera
pardus
orientalis Weight 70-105 pounds Habitat Temperate,
Broadleaf, and
Mixed Forests Status Critically
Endangered Population Around 30
individuals Can run up to speeds of 37 miles per hour By:
Abigail Krause Biology 2
2nd Hour Sources Used: http://worldwildlife.org/species/amur-leopard Can leap
up to 10 feet
vertically and more
than 29 feet
horizontally. Where
in the
world
are Amur
Leopards? Rare subspecies
of such leopards as
the ones found
on the savannahs
in Africa. Russian
Far
East
and
China The Amur Leopard
is usually a solitary animal. Although sometimes the males
stay with the females after mating to help with the young. They like
to drag away unfinished kills and hide them away from other predators. Why are Amur
Leopards
Critically
Endangered? There are major reasons. 3 Poaching Prey Scarcity 1) 2) Amur
Leopards are
poached for their
gorgeous,
spotted fur. The forests
where the Amur
Leopards live are easily
accessible from nearby
villages. Their furs are
also sold there for
between $500
and $1,000. http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/amur_leopard2/ Diet roe deer sika deer small wild boars hares badgers raccoon dogs 3) Conflict with
Humans Fur is
lighter and 7 cm
in the winter and
more red-yellow
and 2.5 cm in
the summer. The prey
population is not large
enough to support a
high leopard population.
This population needs
to recover before
the leopards can. Because of the
low prey population,
leopards wonder into
villagers' deer farms looking
for food. To protect
their animals, farmers
have no problem
killing the leopards. What's being
done to protect
the Amur
Leopards? The Amur Leopard
is a World Wildlife
Foundation
(WWF) priority
species. Stopping of poaching and trade Monitoring populations Protecting the Amur Leopard's habitat In 2012,
the government of Russia declared a new protected area called Land of the Leopard National Park. It covers more than 650,000 acres. WWF and
TRAFFIC, the world’s
largest wildlife trade
monitoring network, help governments to enforce
trade restrictions. All
commercial trade of
Amur Leopards is
prohibited. WWF monitors
Amur Leopard
populations by using camera
traps (they take pictures
of the leopards). They also
help rebuild prey species
populations by releasing
founder animals
into new
reserves. Various
organizations work
to increase areas of
protected land in Russia
and China. Also, in 2007, a planned pipeline that
would run through the
leopards habitat
was rerouted. Do I think Amur Leopards should
be protected? YES! Conservation of the leopards' habitat benefits other species, including Amur tigers and prey species like deer We shouldn't knowingly let a species perish from the face of the Earth. I think we
should do what we can to help Amur Leopards thrive again. Plus, they're cute and the world needs more pretty things.
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