Panthera pardus orientalis
|Diet:||deer, wild boar, and small mammals|
|Their story:|| |
Amur leopards get their name from the Amur River area of eastern Russia and China. Unlike their savannah cousins, the Amur leopard is adapted to the wintery climate of the mountain forests. As summer turns to winter, they shed their short golden fur for a thicker, denser cream-colored coat. The leopard’s fur protects it from the freezing temperatures, growing nearly 3 inches long. The thick fur also grows on the bottom of their paws to keep the pads warm.
The leopards’ fur also provides camouflage. The spots, called rosettes, help the leopards blend into the shadows as the light falls through the forest canopy. In the summer, the golden coat blends with the sun, while in winter, the cream coat blends with the snow.
Russia, China, and North Korea
|How you can help:|| |
Amur leopards have many threats to their survival. They are killed by poachers for their fur and body parts. Poachers also kill much of the prey the leopards depend on for food. And much of their habitat is being lost to illegal logging for paper and timber.
When you purchase paper and wood products look for companies that use trees from responsibly managed forests. Look for the logos of the Forest Stewardship Council or Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
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