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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 are ideal 
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 the ground. 
Despite having incredible muscle power, when climbing, they are very 
clumsy. On the other paw, the leopard can hang motionless from the bark 
of a vertical tree trunk, then by using its sheer strength can propel 
itself aloft. These are extremely agile cats that can jump vertically up to 
10 feet and double this length horizontally. Pound for pound they are 
10 times as strong as humans, successfully carrying prey 3 times their own 
weight into the branches. This protects their food from other predators, 
including the main subject of this Web site, the tiger. Once a meal is finished 
the leopard is quite capable of descending a tree head first. 
Overall, there are more than 20 subspecies of leopard; they are located in 
both Asia and Africa. In fact, the leopard is the widest-ranging big cat and 
extremely adaptable. They live in a variety of habitats, ranging from jungles 
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
Printing: ???
Printed in: ???
Artwork: Jo Jong Gu



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September -25 - 2002
North Korea stamps - Korea Stamp Corporation
Amur Leopard - Amur Leopard.org


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