Amur leopards have no natural predators, but humans have hunted them extensively for their furs. One of the most endangered animals on the planet, scientists estimate that there are fewer than 50 individuals living in the wild. Habitat destruction, lack of ample prey and human hunting are the factors that have led to the large cats’ demise.
Occasionally, bears, wolves or other leopards may attack and eat a young Amur leopard, but adults are relatively safe from other predators. In addition to being supremely gifted climbers, Amur leopards are very wary, often noticing other animals before they notice the leopards. Additionally, Amur leopards are very fast runners that can reach speeds of up to 37 miles per hour.
Amur leopards are carnivores that predominately feed on deer. Because the deer populations in their natural habitats are declining, many of the leopards are visiting deer farms for food. This is placing the endangered leopards at odds with the deer farmers, who sometimes kill the leopards in retaliation.
Amur leopards live in the far eastern extremes of Asia. Inhabiting parts of Russia, China and Korea, the leopard’s range has been reduced drastically over the last few decades. Currently, conservationists are setting aside protected lands for the cats and patrolling their habitats to dissuade poachers.