Far eastern Russia and northeast China.
Temperate woodlands and forests
Every leopard has a unique pattern of spots. Their coat is one inch long in summer, three inches in winter.
95-105 days; 1-4 young
This is one of the most endangered cat species in the world. This is due to loss of habitat from logging and uncontrolled burns (80 percent of their habitat disappeared between 1970-1983), decline of prey species, and poaching and hunting for their pelts and bones (the bones are valued in traditional Asian medicine). Their long, spotted coats keep the Amur leopards warm in the cold weather, and their long legs are an adaptation for walking through snow. They can reach speeds of 36 miles per hour for short distances and leap 19 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically. These nocturnal, solitary cats are excellent climbers. In fact, they often drag their prey up into trees to protect it from other animals like the Amur tiger.
About Our Animals:
Vladamere (male) born February 9, 2004, Arrived at UHZ February 2006,
Oksana (female) born March 31, 1999 arrived UHZ November 2006.
|Did YOU Know?|
|It is estimated that there are less that 40 Amur leopards left in the wild!|
|Length:||6 to 7 feet|
|Average Lifespan:||8-15 years|
|Wild Diet:||Wild boar, deer, wild sheep, small mammals and birds|
|This is an SSP animal|
|CITES Status:||Appendix I|
|Where at the Zoo?||Asian Highlands|