The Amur Leopard (Panthera Pardus Orientalis)

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The Amur Leopard (Panthera Pardus Orientalis). A Disappearing Species. Amur Leopard Markings/Coloring. Summer Pelt Can be 2.5 cm Winter Pelt can reach 7 cm They are light cream colored in the winter They are reddish-yellow in the summer - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • The Amur Leopard(Panthera Pardus Orientalis)A Disappearing Species

  • Amur LeopardMarkings/ColoringSummer Pelt Can be 2.5 cmWinter Pelt can reach 7 cmThey are light cream colored in the winterThey are reddish-yellow in the summerWide Spaced rossettes set the apart from other leopardsThe have very long, sharp retratable clawsThey have extra long legs which may be an apadtation to walking in deep snow

  • Amur LeopardsSizeMales weigh between 32-48 kgFemales weigh between 25-43 kgFemale Male

  • Amur LeopardsBehaviorThey are solitary huntersIn some very rare occasions males helped raise cubs and stayed with female for lifeThese animals are mostly nocturnal

  • Amur LeopardsPrey and HuntingAmur Leopards are predators and consumers Amur Leopards mainly eat the Roe Deer and the Sika DeerThey also eat other small animals including rabbits, birds, snakes etc. Amur Leopard Hunting They will drink from anything possible

  • Roe DeerA Main Food SourceThey are relatively small animalsRoe Deer have a reddish/grey-brown coatThey are most active at twilightThey live in forests but may go into fields

  • Sika DeerA Main Food SourceWithout human interferance these animals could be active all dayThey live in large herds in the winter/fallThe rest of the time females live in groups but males are solitaryMales may kill each other in fights for mates

  • Amur LeopardReasons For Population DeclineA main reason for population decrease is habitat lossAnother main reason is poaching

  • PoachingAmur Leopards are mainly killed for their peltsTheir claws and body parts are sold for use in traditional medicineThis pelt was found being sold for $500-$1000

  • Habitat Loss80% of the Amur Leopards original habitat has been lost from 1970-1983Main causes of this are logging, forest fires, and clearing land for farming

  • Amur LeopardsHabitatThese animals live in the temperate forests of China and other parts of AsiaThe temperature of a temperate forest varies through all seasonsAlthough the Amur Leopard does live in temperate forests it could adapt to any habitat with proper food and shelter

  • Amur LeopardsGone Forever?If these animals were to become extinct then its prey would probably become overpopulated causing the whole ecosystem to go out of balanceWe would lose another beautiful species

  • Amur LeopardCubs Are ComingThe average Amur Leopard will mate when they are three years Cubs will stay with their mothers for one and a half yearsAmur Leopards can have 1-4 cubs at a time, Due to a smaller population inbreeding is becoming a huge problem for these animals

  • Amur LeopardsA New Hope?WWF is trying to convince goverments to tighten the laws for poaching, illegal logging etc.In 2007 an oil pipeline was moved by scientists that would have gone through a large part of their territory

  • How To Help?What can we do?Since habitat loss is such a big problem for these animals something very simple we can do is recycleAnother way to help is simply raise awareness