The Leopard Page
Genesis Zoological Center Inc.
Chung-li is a very old and rare Chinese leopard.
He came from a breeder who didn't want him
anymore due to his age
Iberia is a Amur leopard which is also considered
one of the rarest of the leopards His previous owner
tried to use him in his breeding program. But after
many attempts to get him to reproduce and not
producing any kittens he was in need of a new home.
The Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), whose habitat is currently confined to the Sikhote-Alin mountains, is the
northernmost subspecies of leopard. It is also known as the Far-East leopard and the Siberian leopard. It is extremely close to and
has resulted in it being the world's rarest cat on Earth today.
Although their range overlaps with that of the Siberian tiger, their population is not as heavily affected as it is for other leopards and
tigers in different regions. Amur leopards tend to avoid living or hunting too close to tiger territory to avoid direct competition for
Like all leopards, they are very skillful and opportunistic hunters, though their usual diet consists of roe and sika deer, hares,
badgers and smaller rodents. They are solitary animals with primarily nocturnal habits.
They stand apart from other leopards in their longer fur and durf, probably to better cope in the harsh, cold durf of the taiga. They
also have larger and more widely spaced rosettes. Their fur lightens to a pale cream during winter, but is more golden orange
during summer. During the summer, their fur is usually about 2.5 cm long, but during winter, their fur is around 7 cm. Males are
about fifty percent larger than females, and their weight ranges from 65 to 155 pounds.
While the Amur leopard inhabits the same area as the Siberian tiger, it has received far less attention from the media and from
charities. The Amur leopard is the rarest of the big cats, and is in danger of dying out in the wild. They are suffering from habitat
loss and are especially vulnerable to natural disasters, such as fire, because of their fragmented range. Amur leopards prefer to live
in forested territory, but most of the forest in which they live is surrounded by farms and villages, making poaching easier. Fewer
than fifty of these elusive felines remain in the wild.
Wikipedia Foundation inc. 2006
Cat Specialist Group (1996). Panthera pardus ssp. orientalis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006.
On The 3rd December 2006 the Amur Leopard was talked about on the BBC One programme Planet Earth
Information on Panthera pardus orientalis (Amur Leopard)
SHEBA is a very old black Asian Leopard . She
has severe allergies and has to be medicated on
almost a daily basis. She is a unwanted breeder.
PRINCESS also is a unwanted breeder who
became too old to produce kittens and needed
a new home.