Amur Leopards Stalk Prey in the Cold Russian Wilderness

Did you know that there are different types of leopards in the world? A really interesting one is called the Amur leopard! These leopards weigh 80 pounds, which is 30 pounds less than the African leopard. They prey on mice, bunnies, boar, and deer.

Many people think that leopards live only in the savannas of Africa, but the Amur leopard inhabits southern Russia and northern China. Its large paws allow the leopard to walk on snow without sinking, working like snowshoes.

The Amur leopard hunts for prey in snowy hillsides. They hunch so low they almost touch the snow with their bellies. Their prey is distracted while finding something to eat in the cold winter of Russia. Then, the leopard unexpectedly jumps on their prey from 10 feet away. Amur leopards often drag their prey up into trees before eating. It's time for the leopard to eat!

The Amur leopards are one of the world’s rarest leopards. They are going extinct because of habitat loss and poaching. We need to save the Amur leopards so they will be alive in the future.

[Source: National Geographic ]

Great work, Sol! These leopards are beautiful! I hope we will be able to save them. – Josepha Da Costa , Madison La Follette High School (2021-03-18 09:05)
I can't wait to read your next article! Keep up the great work Sol! – Camila , UW Madison (2021-03-21 21:38)
I didn't know Amur Leopards lived in parts of Russia and China! Thank you for sharing this with us Sol! – Alan , West High School (2021-03-21 21:43)
It was great to learn more about these fascinating animals! I can't wait to read your next article, Sol! – Devika , Memorial High School (2021-03-21 21:52)