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|North Korea - Amur Leopard/ Panthera pardus orientalis
The original range of the Amur leopard included Manchuria (China)
and the Korean Peninsula. Today, much of its habitat within China
has been destroyed, while the status of the cat in North Korea is
unknown and it has vanished from South Korea. This leaves a small
range along the Chinese-Russian border (west of Vladivostok)
containing the only viable population.
The Amur leopard is listed as critically endangered with, at most,
20-30 remaining in Russia and no more than 10 to be found in China.
At the present time there still exist large tracts of forest which
leopard habitat. If these areas can be protected from logging companies
the chance exists to increase wild leopard numbers.
Leopard kills are often dragged up into trees before being consumed.
The tiger is essentially a terrestrial animal and prefers being on
Despite having incredible muscle power, when climbing, they are very
clumsy. On the other paw, the leopard can hang motionless from the
of a vertical tree trunk, then by using its sheer strength can propel
itself aloft. These are extremely agile cats that can jump vertically
10 feet and double this length horizontally. Pound for pound they are
10 times as strong as humans, successfully carrying prey 3 times their
weight into the branches. This protects their food from other predators,
including the main subject of this Web site, the tiger. Once a meal
the leopard is quite capable of descending a tree head first.
Overall, there are more than 20 subspecies of leopard; they are located
both Asia and Africa. In fact, the leopard is the widest-ranging big
extremely adaptable. They live in a variety of habitats, ranging from
to deserts, while some can be found located near large cities. Eight
subspecies are endangered, four of these critically.
Animal: Amur Leopard /Panthera pardus orientalis
Iissue Date: October 21, 1998
Values: 4 x 1won
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Artwork: Jo Jong Gu