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Amur Leopard

The Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is one of the rarest felines in the world, with an estimated 35 to 45 individuals remaining in the wild.

Life Cycle: After a gestation period of 90-105 days, the female Amur leopard gives birth to between two and six young.  The babies are weaned at 3 months and become independent at 18-24 months.

Conservation status: The Amur leopard is a severely endangered animal. The loss of its habitat, as well as poaching and loss of prey, have all been factors in the decline of this species' numbers. There may be as few as 50 Amur leopards left in the wild.

Fun Facts: The Amur leopard is able to run as fast as 30 miles per hour for short periods of time.

Size: Male Amur leopards can weigh between 80 and 198 pounds. Females are somewhat smaller, weighing between 60 and 130 pounds.

Life Span: The average lifespan of the Amur leopard is 17 years in a zoo.

Color: The Amur leopard has a cream-colored coat that is marked with rosette spots of black with tan centers. The hair on the coat is long enough to keep the leopard warm in the cold climates of its home.

Diet: Amur leopards prey on roe and sika deer, along with hares and badgers.

Range: Korea, Manchuria, and Siberia.

Predators: Poaching