Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) – Russian Far East

The Amur Leopard, scientifically designated Panthera pardus orientalis, reigns as a rare and majestic treasure of the Russian Far East. This critically endangered subspecies of leopard boasts a striking appearance with a golden-yellow coat adorned by large, spaced-out rosettes. Their distinct appearance symbolizes the untamed beauty of the region. Known for their elusive nature, Amur Leopards navigate the dense forests with grace, preying on a variety of animals, including deer and smaller mammals. Habitat loss and poaching have pushed these exquisite big cats to the brink of extinction, making conservation efforts of utmost importance. As one of the world’s rarest big cats, the Amur Leopard represents the urgent need for wildlife conservation and the remarkable biodiversity of the Russian Far East.

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