Amur Leopard Conservation

amur leopard conservation directory

Here you will find a list of groups and organizations involved in Amur leopard conservation, including programs and projects to prevent the extinction of the Amur leopard.

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Amur leopard is Critically Endangered. The cat is on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss, hunting and illegal wildlife trade.  Currently, a key conservation issue for the Amur leopard is inbreeding due to the cat’s relatively few numbers.  Inbreeding is also a concern in regards to the small number of Amur leopards currently housed in zoos.

Wildlife Vets International reports that as of 2011, “over 600 captive and a few wild leopards has now been entered into the Amur Leopard Veterinary Database.”

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Russia has been actively involved in Amur leopard conservation, including research, monitoring, habitat protection and anti-poaching patrols. WCS-Russia is working to increase Amur leopard survival rates, and has been using camera traps to survey the leopards since 2002.

The Phoenix Fund, another Russian wildlife and forest conservation organization, is also working to protect the Amur leopard and prevent its extinction.

The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) is made up of 15 international and Russian NGO’s who are all working together on Amur leopard conservation. The organization’s mission is to prevent the loss of Amur leopard and tiger habitat, as well as the cats’ extinction. ALTA partners with many other organizations, including 21st Century Tiger, Wildlife Alliance, Tigris Foundation, AMUR, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare (Russia) and the Helsinki, Minnesota and Moscow zoos. They are supported by the Phoenix Fund, Wildlife Vets International, Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London.

List of Amur Leopard Conservation Organizations

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