Help Save The Amur Leopard From Extinction!
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Only a few dozen Amur leopards remain alive in the wild. Join the fight to save this species from disappearing forever!
The Amur leopard is one of the most endangered animals in the world. With only about 20 living today, this majestic animal's future is in grave danger.
Similar to other leopards, the Amur leopard can run at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour, and has been reported to leap more than 19 feet horizontally and up to 10 feet vertically. The Amur leopard is solitary, nimble-footed and strong, and has adapted to life in the temperate forests of Russia that make up the northern-most part of the species' range1.
The Amur leopard can live for up to 10-15 years, and in captivity up to 20 years, but human interference, especially relating to habitat loss, is largely to blame for the Amur's endangerment. Commercial logging is the primary culprit2.
Ongoing development programs including gas pipeline plans, improved and expanding road networks, railway development, expansion of the electricity grid, and mineral/coal extraction are reducing and degrading available Far Eastern leopard habitat3.
Fires have become the greatest threat to leopard habitat. Fires rarely occur naturally in this part of Russia, which has high rainfall totals and lush forest vegetation. However, annual human-caused fires are turning forests into grasslands and savannahs, which are not suitable for leopards. Between 1996 to 2003, 46% of potential leopard habitat in Russia burned at least once, and between 12 and 22% of this territory burned each year. Frequent fires like these slowly kill off existing trees, and prevent seedling trees from establishing themselves, destroying the habitat forever4.
Aside from environmental threats, leopards are poached for their skins and bones as well. Hunters poach leopards to eliminate competition for deer and wild boar, and locals sometimes kill leopards in retaliation if leopards prey on domestic animals3.
It's sad that we've come to a place whereby financial gain is put above the future existence of these precious animals. The fact is, the Amur leopard may not exist much longer.
IUCN's 2000 Red List of Threatened Species classifies the subspecies as Critically Endangered, and the CITES has listed it on Appendix I5.
Some researchers have pointed out that the leopard's cousin, the Amur tiger, recovered from a precarious state of fewer than 40 individuals in the 1940s. It is believed that the Amur leopard can be saved from extinction if the present conservation initiatives are implemented, enhanced and sustained6.
Sign the petition below and urge the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), an organization that works to save leopards and other animals around the world, to intervene immediately so as to halt the extinction of the Amur leopard.
- World Wildlife Fund (2021), "Amur Leopard."
- Tendua (2021), "Amur Leopard."
- Wildlife Conservation Society Russia (2021), "Amur Leopard."
- Tigris Foundation, Tigis, Wildlife Conservation Society,"An Analysis of Fires and their Impact on Leopard in Southwest Primorye."
- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, "Amendments to Appendices I and II of the Convention."
- World Wildlife Fund (2021), "Protecting Amur Tigers in the Russian Far East."
To the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Fund for Animal Welfare,
IFAW has continuously worked to improve animal treatment throughout the world through several methods of conservation. And that's why I am writing to you today, to bring to your attention the plight of the Amur leopard.
The Amur leopard is at the brink of extinction. There are only 20-30 of these beautiful jungle cats left in the world, and the numbers are decreasing.
Deforestation is quickly depleting the leopard's habitat and poaching continues to threaten this feline. Human interference is all but killing these cats off.
I urge you to fight for this animal's future. Your organization could be its only hope.
Thank you for your time.