(Panthera pardus orientalis)
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All about the "Amur Leopard".
The Amur leopard is the rarest sub-species of leopard.
Perhaps there are only 30 to 40 left in the wild and perhaps there are only a dozen purebreds in captivity;
they are the most northern subspecies of leopard.
Unlike the leopards that live in tropical areas, the Amur Leopards, just like the Snow Leopards must endure freezing temperatures and therefore have longer coats than their cousins from warmer climes.
Once more common in eastern Siberia; these animals are now restricted to a small area in south eastern Siberia just south of Vladivostok, and they are hemmed in by China and North Korea. It is thought by some that possibly a few Amur leopards may still be found in China.
These few remaining Siberian (Amur) leopards are now under serious threat by an oil pipeline that is about to be built from central Siberia to the Sea of Japan. Sadly their survival is already rather tenuous; if a pipeline comes close to their only home they will be shot out or just pushed out with nowhere to go.
The surviving Siberian (Amur) Tigers are now also under threat by this same proposed pipeline. Are there no sacred places left on earth for the big cats? There has to be an alternative rout for this pipeline.
As we slowly destroy the world, is money really that important? The super rich people will find it hard to eat money; though perhaps they can eat the last of those rare animals while they sit in their casinos and gamble their wealth. That way they can show us how rich they are; and also they can show us how much they don�t really care.
Selected Amur Leopard Sites
|Amur Leopard Conservation Support Programme|
|Amur Leopard � Arkive images of life on earth|
|Amur Leopard - Greenpeace|
|Amur Leopard � World Wildlife Fund WWF|
|Amur Leopard � Great photos on this site|
|Amur leopard � Photo album|
|Amur Leopard � Disappearing in the shadow of the tiger|
|Lairweb NZ - Amur Leopard|
|Wildlife Park at Cricket St Thomas - Amur Leopard|
|Oil pipe threatens Amur leopard|
|WTV-Zone - Amur Leopard|
|Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) Sedgwick County Zoo|
|Amur Leopard � Cheyenne Mountain Zoo|