The Amur leopard is considered to be one of the most critically endangered big cats in the world, with just about 50 (census 2013) remaining in the wild, all in the Russian Far East. It is one of ten living subspecies of leopard (according to the most recent genetic study) but it is especially distinctive due to a particularly pale coat compared to most other subspecies, and dark rosettes which are large and widely spaced with thick, unbroken rings with dark centres. It also has a longer tail than other leopards. This beautiful leopard is well adapted to living in the harsh, cold climates of its range, with a thick coat that can grow as long as 7,5 cm in winter. Leopards give a distinctive rasping call, rather than a growl, as their main vocalisation.

Leopards are predominately solitary and are active mainly during the night. Individuals occupy large, overlapping home ranges that vary in size depending on the abundance of prey. 

Leopards are skilful hunters, stalking their prey to within a striking distance of a few metres, and feeding opportunistically on a wide range of animals. The Amur leopard feeds mainly on hares (Lepus spp.), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) and sika deer (Cervus nippon).
amur leopard in zoo

Population size & trend

Estimated population size:30 - 50


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"Tiger map" (CC BY 2.5) by Sanderson et al., 2006.


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