Sponsor an Amur Leopard through WWF
With fewer than 35 left in the wild, the Amur leopard is the world's most endangered big cat. yello studio have adopted an Amur Leopard to help preserve this amazing endangered cat.
Will you help save the Amur leopard from extinction?
In the Russian Far-East - forming the border with China - runs the Amur River (or Heilong in Chinese). Part of this remote region is known in Russian as Leopardovy, which translates as Land of the Leopard.
It is the home of the last remaining Amur leopards. But for how much longer?
Its ancient range is now just a fraction of its former size – split by a burgeoning human population. And fires have destroyed large areas of forest, leaving the leopard with nowhere to hunt and feed. The Amur leopard is also a lucrative prospect for poachers. Its beautiful skin is highly prized and a male skin can fetch up to £500 – a lot of money for struggling local communities.
With so few left it would be easy to give up and let the Amur leopard go. But we are already acting to save them.
Working with other organisations we have recently persuaded the Russian government to re-route an oil pipeline planned to slice through the leopards' last remaining habitat. Our lobbying has also resulted in new policies aimed at protecting their habitat.
But there is still work to do. With your help WWF is working to:
- extend the existing protected areas and link them with corridors to allow the leopards to roam more freely so that they can breed and feed.
- reduce forest fires and replant trees, restoring habitat for the leopards and their prey. Our aim is to establish a genetically viable population of at least 50 individuals and create new founder populations in other parts of the leopards' former range.