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Original Painting Medium: Pastels
Scientific Name: Panthera pardus orientalis
Region: China and Russia
Today, wild Amur leopards are confined to a fragmentary range in the Primorye region of Russia, just north of North Korea, and the adjacent Jilin Province of China.
The Amur Leopard is critically endangered. It is one of the rarest big cats in the world with an estimated 35 solitary individuals left in the wild. Their main prey includes roe and sika deer, along with hares and badgers.
Humans are contributing strongly to the endangered status of these leopards also. The leopards may attack deer in deer parks, leading to the owners of these establishments shooting them. The cats are also poached for their magnificent hides. Habitat destruction and fragmentation are affecting the subspecies' chances for survival, as is competition for prey animals from hunters.
I really enjoyed portraying my Amur Leopard, but am horrified that there are so few left in the world. I truly hope that through greater protection, we manage to protect this beautiful cat. Thank you to Ben Williams for the use of his lovely photo as reference. Giclee 'OPEN EDITION' Prints are available.