The Amur leopard is the world’s most endangered big cat with only around 27-35 leopards thought to remain in the wild. WWF estimates that the population must grow to at least 100 individuals, in order to reduce their risk of extinction.
The Amur leopard is also known as the Far Eastern, Manchurian or Korean leopard.
The Amur leopard has been reported to leap more than 19 feet horizontally and more than 9 feet vertically. That is the equivalent of jumping over a caravan.
Amur leopards can run at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour for short periods of time.
Amur leopards are such good climbers that they are able to descend trees head first.
Adult males weigh between 32kg and 48kg, but some exceptionally large Amur leopards can weigh up to 75kg, which is the weight of an average man!
Amur leopard bodies can measure anywhere between 90-170cm in length, with their tails alone reaching up to 100cm.
Roaming the temperate forests of eastern Russia, Amur Leopards’ main prey species are roe and sika deers, hares, small wild boars, badgers and raccoon dogs.
There can be up to four leopard cubs in a litter in exceptional circumstances although there are usually two. Cubs will spend about a year with their mother before they leave to live independently.
The Amur leopard’s range has reduced by 80% in just 13 years. Today the leopard only inhabits about 5,000 sq km (an area which is smaller in size than Norfolk).