Amur Leopard A-Z
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A: Their fur is longer than the AFRICAN Leopard's.
B: Females can BREED at three and the main months are in January and February.
C: The Amur Leopard is CRITICALLY Endangered.
D: The obsession with oil might lead to their DEMISE.
E: This is the most ENDANGERED cat in the world.
F: Other names include the FAR EAST LEOPARD, Manchurian Leopard and Korean Leopard.
G: GESTATION is 90-105 days.
H: They are great climbers and they will come down from a tree HEADFIRST.
I: INBREEDING is a problem with the ones in the wild.
J: They are not as good with the JUMPING like their relatives but they have the ability to leap 19 ft. horizontally and 10 ft. vertically.
K: They have a KEEN sense of vision and smell
L: Their LIFESPAN is 10-15 years in the wild. They can live 20 in captivity.
M: They can run 37 MILES per hour.
N: The NUMBERS of Amur Leopards in the wild vary from site to site. It's one of those- you're not quite sure bepaws of their location (mountain environment, etc.)
O: Their coat can be described as pale straw to grey and OCHRE to chestnut with a white under side.
P: POACHING an habitat loss are major threats.
Q: Russia does have a sincere QUEST in saving this animal. Land has been set aside for it.
R: REINTRODUCTION plans have been discussed but it seems like, as of now that wouldn't be a good idea.
S: They hunt after SUNSET.
T: People don't seem to realize that all leopards are under attack for their parts the same way that TIGERS are.
U: URINE is just one way to mark their 30-mile territory. They also use feces and claw marks.
V: Their VISION is paw-some!
W: Males can WEIGH 71-106 pounds and females WEIGH 55-94 pounds.
X: Habitat loss could lead to their eXtinction.
Y: Even though it may not be a good idea to reintroduce them now- a reintroduction program by Russia can increase the number of these cats in 20 YEARS.
Z: At last count there were 173 leopards in ZOOS in the USA.