The leopard is rarely found in cold environments and exists mostly in the savannas of Africa and the jungles of Southeast Asia. However, in the extreme northern part of the leopard’s range, a rare subspecies of this cat lives in the temperate forests and harsh winters of the Russian Far East. Known as the Amur leopard or Far Eastern leopard, this animal is the world’s most endangered big cat, with an estimated 80 individuals left in the wild. Cold and deep snows have prevented the leopard’s successful colonization to the north, while in the south, poaching and intensive development have practically eliminated leopards from China and Korea. Today Amur leopards are found only in a thin strip of land along the Russian-Chinese border.
Amur leopard ecology Conservation threats