With only a few Amur leopards remaining in the wild due to logging, farming, building and poaching- this beautiful species is on a harsh road to extinction if there is not any action done immediately. 20-30 remaining in Russia and no more than 10 to be found in China.
The Amur Leopard is suffering daily risks from: poaching (and poaching of their prey, like deer); forest-fires which reduce their habitat; enraged farmers – who are now compensated for livestock killed by tigers and leopards.
Amur leopards are particularly vulnerable because of their preference for deer, a natural predatory preference but dangerous in the Russian Far East due to direct human involvement: farmers in the Russian Far East raise deer for human consumption, and to produce antlers for the Asian medicine market.
The Amur leopard is critically endangered and desperately needs our help.
There has been very little research done to protect the Amur Leopard and it has been virtually ignored.
There is still hope to save them. We can make similar steps that were made to save the Siberian Tiger; most importanly we need to make people aware of the situation the Amur Leopards are in and their extreme danger of extinction.
At the present time there still exist large tracts of forest which are ideal leopard habitat. If these areas can be protected from logging companies the chance exists to increase wild leopard numbers. However, the Amur leopard lost 80% of its range in the 13 years from 1970-1983 and logging isn't the only threat to its habitat.
Please don't let these gorgeous creatures disappear! Something must be done!