The Amur leopard is a critically endangered leopard and is likely the rarest big cat species in the world. The good news is that their numbers in the wild are steady and slowly increasing. If someone is caught killing an Amur leopard, there is a large fine of up to 1,100,000 rubles ($18,920.00 CAD) and 2 years in jail. If found storing, transporting, or selling the Amur leopard's body parts you are charged a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($17,200.00 CAD) and must serve 2 years in jail. If any of these crimes are committed by an organized group the fine can be as high as 2 million rubles ($34,400.00 CAD) with 5-7 years in jail.
These precious felines are unique in many ways. Just like human fingerprints, the Amur leopard's spots are all different. They are nocturnal, solitary cats. When they get cold in the mountains they wrap their tails around themselves to keep warm. They are very well camouflaged cats and like to climb trees.
"Amur leopards don’t have a specific breeding season, their gestation period last around 12 weeks and the females give birth to a litter of 2-3 cubs. The cubs are born blind and weigh around just half a kilogram. As they’re so vulnerable when they’re first born the mother keeps her cubs hidden for around 6-8 weeks."
"This incredible animal has been reported to leap more than 19 feet horizontally and up to 10 feet vertically...They live for 10-15 years, and in captivity up to 20 years. The Amur leopard is also known as the Far East leopard, the Manchurian leopard, or the Korean leopard."
We need to protect them because, just like with any endangered species, without them, the circle of life would be disrupted. The populations of prey would increase and other predators would be fighting for the food or over-eating and the populations would never be balanced.
How to help
1. Donate money or time to the cause.
2. Spread the word. Share the blog!
3. Help save the forest vital to their habitat.
4. Support lobbying for improved conservation policies and regulations.
Thank you for reading this blog, spread the word, and stay safe!
-The Road To Rescue