The Amur Leopard is one of the most critically endangered animals on the planet with only around 35 of these animals remaining in the wild. No, not 35000 or 3500 – just 35. Some estimates are as low as 27.
You can adopt a leopard for as little as £3 per month and you will receive a wonderful leopard adoption pack containing the following items.
Leopard adoption pack details
When you adopt a leopard, you’ll be helping this beautiful and incredibly scarce creature, its habitat and other animals that live in the same environment. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:
- A cuddly toy leopard
- A fact booklet about leopards
- A beautiful leopard print
- A greeting card
- WWF’s tips on reducing everyone’s environmental impact
- Three issues of Insight magazine throughout the year with updates about leopards
Threats and challenges to the leopard species
The Amur Leopard is facing several threats to its population – a population that is already so low as to make extinction a very real possibility.
The Amur Leopard is hunted for its stunning coat and also for body parts, as well as being caught in snare traps set to catch deer – one of the animals on which it preys and relies on as a source of food. Deer – the leopard’s main food source is caught in large numbers by Russian hunters.
Eleven leopards – around a third of the current Amur leopard population have been killed illegally in the past decade.
Large scale deforestation caused by illegal logging operations, forest fires and massive ground clearance projects (designed to convert previously inaccessible areas into land that can be used commercially for agricultural purposes) are also causing significant loss of habitat for these big cats.
All of these man made problems provide huge challenges to the survival of the Amur Leopard – an animal that survives in such frighteningly low numbers already.
Amur leopards are carnivorous big cats, feeding mainly on deer in their natural habitat. They are solitary creatures and will avoid other leopards if at all possible.
Amur leopards can run at speeds approaching 40 miles per hour.
In addition to the very limited numbers of Amur Leopards, there are only around 12 purebreed examples of the Amur leopard in captivity globally.
The leopard can jump around 3 metres high and 6m distance! They are so adept at tree-climbing that they normally sleep in trees, and haul their prey up a tree to eat.
The leopard only has one predator – mankind – sadly we’re really rather good at it in this case.
Where will my leopard adoption donation money go?
AdoptALeopard.org.uk supports the WWF and all leopard adoption funds will go directly to WWF in their efforts to help save the Amur Leopard. Your adoption funds will help to fund protected areas of the forest and restoring damaged and cleared areas to allow the leopard to roam its territory properly once more. WWF is also working to increase numbers of prey available in order to sustain the leopard as well as providing equipment and training to those responsible for fighting forest fires in order that the destruction caused can be minimised. Increases in severity of punishment for those poaching and trading the Amur Leopard are also helping to safeguard its future.
Your support will also help fund other essential WWF conservation work around the world.
Examples of WWF leopard conservation work
- WWF works to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and minimise illegal or unmanaged logging operations.
- WWF works with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network to trace and prosecute those responsible for killing Amur Leopards or trading their body parts.
- WWF works with DNA tracking experts to monitor the numbers and movements of the Amur Leopard in detail
- WWF works to reverse and repair human damage to the forest habitat of the leopard so that the areas that have been separated are once again joined, extending the Amur Leopard’s restricted territory.