Amur Leopards are presently critically endangered with only 40 estimated left in the wild. It is a solitary nocturnal leopard with populations located mostly in the Amur river basin of Eastern Russia with a few scattered in neighboring china.
Between 1970-1983 80% of the Amur leopard’s habitat was lost due to logging and forest fires which affected the leopards prey as well. It is also illegally hunted for its fur which is sold on the black market.
Fortunately, the Amur leopard received a safe haven in 2012 when the Russian government extended nearly 650,000 acres for a national park.
In addition, conservationists have been successful in reducing illegal logging practices and rerouting oil pipelines that endangered the leopard’s habitat.