Oskar the Amur leopard has his eyes on a few new cats at the San Diego Zoo. The species exists on the cusp of extinction, but we are hopeful that a breeding program will help to create assurance populations and expand our understanding of these majestic felines. (photo by Paul E.M.)
Despite the challenges faced by Amur leopards across their range, things are far from hopeless. The small but mighty wild population in Primorsky Krai has remained mostly stable over the past 30 years, in spite of significant human pressures. Anti-poaching efforts and educational programs appear to be working. China has established a reserve that connects with leopard (and tiger) habitat in Russia. There is a possibility of establishing a second wild population by re-introducing zoo-bred Amur leopards in Russia’s Far East.
“Satka”, a female Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) at the San Diego Zoo. Photo by Craig Chaddock.
It’s really cute. Every night my kitty and I have been cuddling and watching planet earth together. She loves it when the birds are on TV (lol of course) but she also perks up when there are big kitties