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.
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
ALTA Amur Leopard Conservation
A coalition of 13 international and Russian NGOs have pooled resources by creating ALTA (the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance) for the conservation of Amur lepards and tigers in the wild.
"...With a wild population of less than 45 individuals, the Amur leopard is critically endangered. Most of the reasons for this status are human activities...ALTA (is) working hard to reduce these threats by funding patrols and telling people about the importance of the Amur leopard..." IUCN/SSC: Cat Specialist Group
Advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species.
"...The IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group brings together more than 200 of the world’s leading cat experts, including scientists, wildlife managers and conservationists from 50 countries who are dedicated to advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species...The Cat Specialist Group is active in many of its own initiatives as well, focusing on the development of tools for the assessment of the species’ status, for the compilation and distribution of intelligence and for supporting the work of its members..." Panthera
Panthera focuses its conservation efforts on imperiled cats, including tigers, lions, jaguars snow leopards and several small wild cats; dwnloadable maps and data.
Our mission is to conserve the exceptionally rich fauna and flora of the Russian Far East, the only region where Amur tigers and leopards survive in the wild.
Dedicated to the survival of the Amur tiger and leopard in the wild.
Wildlife Conservaton Society (WCS) - Russia
Wildlife conservation in Russia, including Amur leopards and Amur tigers..
The Russian Far East is home to some of the world’s rarest and unique species, including Amur tigers and leopards, Kamchatka brown bears, and Blakiston’s fish owls. The Wildlife Conservation Society focuses on these key species as a means to achieve biodiversity conservation and protect critical habitats throughout this region. We use science as a foundation for designing and implementing effective conservation plans.