Approximately 80% of the Amur leopards’ former range has been destroyed to habitat loss including logging, forest fires and land conversion, for farming. Amur leopards and their prey are also at risk to wildlife poaching.
Currently there are estimated to be less than 100* individuals in the wild.
Reintroduction of Amur leopard requires healthy zoo populations. Through providing suitable breeding pairs, raising funds, and engagement with the public, modern zoos form the backbone of reintroduction programmes.
Emerald Park conservation contribution:
Wild Cats Conservation Alliance
Emerald Park has continued to support the Wildcats Conservation Alliance through funding that is needed to protect the critically endangered Amur leopard and endangered Amur tiger. To date, more than €50,000 has been donated to the conservation organisation, to aid in ‘Securing a Future for Amur leopards and Tigers in Russia’.
100% of funds, from Emerald Park, go directly to field work, supporting the project in several ways, including:
Reducing the poaching of Amur tigers, Amur leopards and their prey species and improve the protection of their habitat.
Improvement of law enforcement efforts within areas that are protected.
Raising awareness and involving the local people in nature conservation actions.
Wildlife Vets International
Emerald Park, has donated to Wildlife Vets international (WVI) who aid conservationist and local vets, around the world, to save threatened species. WVI have been involved in developing ways to mitigate the risk of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) to wild animals, including Amur leopards.
Amur leopards are part of the EAZA Ex-situ Programme (EEP). This means that their population is managed to ensure that there are heathy individuals within EAZA member zoos should there be the requirement of reintroductions, to the wild, in the future.