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Habitat

The Amur Leopard is found in a temperate forest habitat.Which has a wide variety of temperature and precipitation.The Amur leopard is well adapted to the cold mountain habitats of Russia's Far East. The Amur leopard lives in the forests of the Sihote Alin Mountain Range where much of the year it encounters deep snow and harsh climates.

Characteristics

The Amur leopard has some very distinguishing features. The hairs of its summer pelt are 2.5 cm long but in winter they are replaced by 7 cm long ones. Apart from its long winter coat, the Amur leopard is easily told apart from other leopard subspecies by its widely spaced rosettes with thick borders. It also has longer legs, probably an adaptation for walking through snow.
The Amur leopard is habitually nocturnal and solitary. Nimble-footed and strong, it carries and hides unfinished kills so that they are not taken by other predators.
Size: Adult males: 32-48 kg, exceptionally large males weigh up to 75 kg. Females: 25-43 kg.
Colour: Light colour in the winter, more reddish-yellow in the summer.

Population

Today, the Amur leopard inhabits about 5,000 kmĀ². The last remaining viable wild population, estimated at less than 40 individuals, is found in a small area in the Russian Province of Primorsky Krai , between Vladivostok and the Chinese border.
In adjacent China, fewer than 10 scattered individuals are estimated to remain. In South Korea, the last record of an Amur leopard dates back to 1969, when a leopard was captured on the slopes of Odo Mountain, in South Kyongsang Province.

 

Diet

Amur Leopards are skilled hunters and tend to hunt most often at night. When hunting they avoid the amur tiger because these tigers are far more aggressive than the Amur leopard.These leopards are good climbers and swimmers and this helps them im catching and killing their prey. Their diet mainly consists of wild boar, hares, sika, rodents, roe deer, musk,and badgers