Amur Leopard – Panthera pardus orientalis

Critically endangered graphics

Amur Leopard
Panthera pardus orientalis Colchester Zoo (1)” by William WarbyFlickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Amur Leopard is a subspecies of the Leopard that has the smallest population of all the Leopard species, only 69 Amur Leopards remain. They have gotten their name because they live near the Amur river valley.


In February 2015 census data there was only 57 Amur Leopards living in Primorsky Krai region of southeastern Russia and an even lower estimate of 12 Amur Leopards living in the adjacent Jilin province in China.

Map of the Amur river region in northern China.
“Amurrivermap” by Kmusser – Own work using Digital Chart of the World and GTOPO data.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

The Primorsky Krai region is also the home of the largest population of Siberian Tigers and in the murky Amur waters swims one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the Kaluga.


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