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With a total population of 30-35 individuals, the Amur leopard, or Far Eastern leopard, is one of the most - if not the most - endangered large cats on earth.
20-30 are remaining in Russia and no more than 10 to be found in China. Due to extensive habitat loss and conflict with humans, the situation concerning the Amur leopard is critical.
The Amur Leopard is suffering daily risks from poaching, and poaching of their prey food source.Enraged farmers- who are now compensated for livestock killed by tigers and leopards still shoot the leopard, and also use poisons to protect their livestock. They are also killed for the fur industry. Forest fires reduce their habitat, as does logging of forests which are ideal leopard habitat. If these areas can be protected from logging companies, the chance exists to increase wild leopard numbers.
The Amur tiger, recovered from a precarious state of less than 40 individuals some 60-70 years ago leading conservationists to believed that the Amur leopard can be saved from extinction if the present conservation initiatives are implemented, enhanced and sustained.
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