By Carson Yenchar
The Amur Leopard is one of the most beautiful animals in the world. Agile and poised, they seem to gaze into your soul with their piercing eyes. Here are some fun fact about these beautiful creature from ALTA:
- “The Amur leopard is adapted to the cool climate by having thick fur which grows up to 7.5 cm long in winter.”
- “In the wild, leopards live for 10-15 years and they may reach 20 years in captivity.”
- “Amur leopards live in the temperate forests of Far Eastern Russia, experiencing harsh winters with extreme cold and deep snow, as well as hot summers.”
Sadly, this gorgeous animal is on the critically endangered list, according to the official list on the World Wildlife Fund. To think that this extraordinary animal is slowly dying out is devastating. The list of endangered species is already extensive enough, which makes the slow extinction of the Amur leopard even more real. The Amur leopard is hunted mostly for its spotted fur, which has been sold for up to $1,000 respectively. The forests in which they live are easily accessible, so it makes poaching easier. Not only are the leopards being hunted, but the prey the leopards consume are being hunted as well. So as the prey disappears, the leopards disappear even faster.
It is important to conserve the habitats of endangered animals, as all lives matter. Amur leopards are important as the conservation of their habitats protects other animals as well, which in turn, keeps the leopards and their food source alive. We must take more action on keeping our animals safe and conserving the land in which they live. Animals have lives too, and we must let them live their lives just as we live our lives!