Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Amur Leopard


In this blog I am going to write about the Amur Leopard and how they are endangered . Amur leopards are the rarest big cats in the world and yet is still a relatively unknown species of leopard outside of its homeland in Russia. Also known as the Far Eastern leopard the approximate population is about 40 living  in the wild. These leopards now only exist in the southern most tip of the Russian Far East along the borders with China in the Khasan Region of Primorsky Krai.

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Amur Leopards have a long winter coat and therefore is well adapted to the cold climate of the Amur- Ussuri region. It's summer coat is about 2.5 cm long and in the winter 7cm long. The differences between Amur leopards and other leopards are Amur leopards have thicker fur and bigger rosettes with thick dark borders. It also has longer legs, probably because it's better to walk through the snow. The male Amur leopards weigh between 32-48 kg and female Amur leopards are smaller so they weigh between 25-43 kg.