Amur leopard European breeding programme

Amur leopard

The Amur leopard is critically endangered existing in one tiny isolated population in the Russian Far East and NE China. The main threats to the Amur leopard are habitat loss and poaching. This population has been small for several decades which could make it particularly vulnerable to disease outbreaks and the problems associated with inbreeding.

There are currently 113 Amur leopards in the European breeding programme and this population provides an opportunity for research and training for field vets and scientists, raises awareness of their wild cousins and helps generates funds for in situ work. A reintroduction plan for the Amur leopard has also been proposed which would create a second, insurance population in their former range in the Russian Far East. The reintroduced animals would come from the managed breeding programmes.

Key Achievements & Goals

Continue managing the EEP and maintain a demographically and genetically healthy captive population.

Project information

Key species

Amur leopard – Critically endangered 

People involved

Jo Cook – EEP Coordinator