Cape May County Park and Zoo
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Amur Leopard

Scientific Name: Panthera pardus orientalis

Other Names: Manchurian Leopard, Spotted Leopard, Far East Leopard, Korean Leopard

Habitat and Range: The Amur leopard could previously been found in the Amur River basin and the mountains of northeastern China and the Korean peninsula. Today, it survives only in one isolated population in the Russian Far East.

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years in the wild; 23 years in captivity.

Size and Weight: Amur leopards are about 3 to 6.2 feet (92 to 190 centimeters). Males generally weigh 70-105 lbs (32-48 kg), but reach as much as 165 lbs (75 kg). Females are smaller at 55- 95 lbs (25-43 kg). Tail length is 25 to 39 inches (64 to 99 centimeters).

Gestation: A female will give birth to 2 to 4 cubs after a 90-105 day gestation. In some cases males will stay with the female after mating and help rear the young.

Diet: These carnivores often hunt roe deer, rika deer, wild hare, badgers, etc. They have been known to hide unfinished food from other carnivores.

IUCN Status: 2004-Critically Endangered

Conservation: As per a study published in 2015 there are now less than 60 individuals in the wild. The Amur leopard is poached largely for its beautiful, spotted fur as well as its bones for tradtional chinese medicines. In 1999, an undercover investigation team recovered a female and a male Amur leopard skin, which were being sold for $500 and $1,000 respectively in the village of Barabash, not far from the Kedrovaya Pad reserve in Russia. Today the  black market price for Amur Leopards has risen significantly. Today, much is being done to help this critically endangered species. In 2012, 650,000 acres of habitat was protected in Russia for the Amur leopard, breeding programs in zoos have been sucessful in increasing Amur leopard numbers, and conservation efforts being performed by ALTA , WWF and more are striving to keep this big cat from going exticnt.

Adaptations: These cold climate animals have long, thick fur that is well suited for the cold. In fact, their fur can grow as much as 3 inches during the winter.

Did you Know?: The Amur leopard can run at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. They also have an incredible jump of more than 19 feet horizontally and up to 10 feet vertically.

Here at the CMC Zoo: Our Amur Leopard, Judah, came to us from the Erie Zoo in Erie, Pennsylvania PA. Her favorite reward for training is chicken baby food!

 

Sources:

http://eol.org/pages/1253182/details

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/amur-leopard

http://www.arkive.org/amur-leopard/panthera-pardus-orientalis/

http://www.altaconservation.org/amur-leopard/amur-leopard-factfile/

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