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30min video about Amur Leopard

(Monday, December 26th, 2011)

A beautiful Russian documentairy video (translated into English) about the Amur Leopard, certainly the leopard species most clearly endagered by the very small number of animals left in the wild (in 1972, it was evaluated that their number was below 40 animals).


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more recently, thanks to scientific studies organized by ALTA – Amur Leopard Conservation, it has been shown that their number may be growing very slowly again.

Panthera pardus orientalis Critically Endangered according to the IUCN.

Amur leopards shot in a trap

(Sunday, August 7th, 2011)

Fortunately, I am referring to a photo-video trap, not hunters’ traps.

The critically endangered Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) has been well observed by the WWF-financed counting operation in Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and Leopardoviy Federal Wildlife Refuge (Russia). This is very good news since the species is believed to count only about 50 animals in the wild. But the Russian traps appear to have allowed the observation of nothing less than 12 different individuals (instead of the 6 that were believed to live in the area).

Maybe the Amur leopard population is (very slowly) increasing.

The video shows a female and a grown-up cub, which may be a farily good indication that the reproduction may allow a slow recovery in this very small population of Amur leopards.


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Catching Amur leopards

(Thursday, October 15th, 2009)

Only 25-35 of these cats remain in the Russian Far East. A team from the Wildlife Conservation Society capture a female Amur leopard to help with conservation efforts.

Copyright (C) Harrington Photography

Copyright (C) Harrington Photography

From Harrington Photography.

Amur leopard cubs

(Friday, January 16th, 2009)

Nick Jewell has shot new images of the young cubs of Marley Farm – Wildlife Heritage Foundation. These Amur leopards are growing fast and start to show their teeth.


Photo Nick Jewell

Photo Nick Jewell

Photo Nick Jewell

Photo Nick Jewell


ALTA Amur Leopard Conservation

(Wednesday, December 31st, 2008)

The Amur Leopard (from the name of the river flowing at the border between Russia and China, or Far Eastern leopard, Panthera pardus orientalis) is quite certainly the rarest and most endangered big cat in the world because of a wild population of only 30 to 35 individuals [1].

ALTA (the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance) regroups 13 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that decided to fight for the preservation of these animals. Here is a 10-min video presenting the Amur Leopard and the Alliance.


ALTA Amur leopard Conservation – 10 minutes from ALTA movies on Vimeo.

Rarest big cat caught for a check-up

(Saturday, November 8th, 2008)

Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). Pittsburgh Zoo. Colin Hines.

Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). Pittsburgh Zoo. Colin Hines.

When you are the rarest wild big cat, you deserve some unusual attention. This is what explains the special treatment of the Amur Leopard or Far Eastern Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). It is widely considered as the single most endangered species of big cats with less than 50 individuals living in the wild (and only 10 to 15 females among them).

Because of this status, in order to evaluate very precisely the medical condition of the population, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Biology and Soils (IBS) captured one female Far Eastern leopard in Primorsky Krai along the Russian-Chinese border. The aim is to do a medical checkup and to study the effects of the intense inbreeding of such a small animal population.

The animal, nicknamed “Alyona”, is in good health for its 8-10 years of age, but with a slight heart murmur that may be indicative of a genetic condition since it was also shared by other animals captured in 2006 and 2007 for the same reasons. It has already been released.

Source: Science Daily.

PS: Did you see the lovely eyes of this leopard?


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