The Amur leopard once ranged across northern China and southern areas of the Russian Far East, but is now found only in a small part of southwest Primorskii Krai in Russia. Because it is adapted to the snowy winters there, it has a thicker, paler coat than leopards found in Africa or India.
Its remaining wild population is estimated at only 35-40 individuals.
As a result, Amur leopards are in BIAZA 's ‘top ten species most dependent on BIAZA zoos’ for 2012.
Amur Leopard Conservation
The Amur leopard's existing population is threatened by forest loss through fires that are deliberately set each spring, by economic development and by people hunting both the leopard and the deer and other species it needs for food.
ZSL is part of the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA). The ALTA website provides information about both the Amur leopard and tiger and about the conservation projects it funds. There are also fundraising ideas, news items and photo galleries so have a look!
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Learn more about ZSL's work in the Russian Far East by reading this blog, written by Misha, a local vet and ZSL team member, and viewing these photostories from our work in the field in Russia.
The Russian Far East
Wildlife Health Project
To protect both Amur leopards and tigers, ZSL conducts a wildlife health project, which provides veterinary training, a diagnostic laboratory and biological sample collection in order to set a baseline for future disease monitoring work.
The Amur tiger is one of the largest living cats on the planet. Increased poaching and habitat loss over the past decade caused Amur tiger numbers to fall. Thanks to continuing conservation effort by ZSL and partners in Lazovsky State Nature Reserve since 2006, this is now one of the only tiger subspecies with a stable population.