The Highly Adaptable Amur Leopard

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The leopard species is mostly associated with the stable conditions in the African savannah however there is a rare exception living in the harsh winters of eastern Russia. This species goes by the common names of Amur leopard, Far East leopard, Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard. The Amur leopard’s scientific name is Panthera pardus orientalis, in the family felidae and one of ten sub species of leopards. In 2000 the IUCN added the Amur leopard to their Red List of Threatened Species classifying the subspecies as Critically Endangered, and the CITES has listed it on Appendix I. This species is down to a population size of roughly thirty adults, making it the most rare species of big cat in the wild (WWF). Previously the Amur leopard stretched from southeastern Russia, through Northeast China, and into the Korean peninsula in the 19th century however after decades of “destruction, poaching, and hunting of its prey, the Amur leopard has been restricted to a tiny fragment of its former range” (Klappenbach). Due to this unbalance of nature the Amur Leopard is struggling to survive. In the period between 1970 and 1983 the leopard lost eighty percent of its habitat range. Today only 20-25 leopards it inhabit a 5,000 km squared area in Russian Province of Primorsky Krai while only 7-12 are thought to be scattered in areas of northern China. The Amur leopard, being highly adaptable, can survive a wide range of variability in temperature and precipitation. This adaptability

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