Far-eastern leopard | WWF China

Far-eastern leopard



Overview

Far-eastern leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is the second largest cat in the north frigid zone as well as the rarest big cat. Far-eastern leopard used to widely range in far-east Russia, northeast China and Korean peninsular.

Over the years,  its habitat has been steadily shrinking within far-east Russia, Jilin and Heilongjiang in China and part of North Korea. Only about 50 individuals currently live in the wild. Some thirty years ago, about 50 were frequnetly spotted  in China's Jilin province. Read more.

Main Threats

  • Destruction of habitat (due to forest fires, timber cutting, road construction, industrial development and house-building in countryside)
  • Human activities
  • Poaching
  • Genetic problems (e.g. inbreeding)

WWF China's work that supports Far-eastern leopard conservation

Since Far-eastern leopard shares the same habitat with Amur tiger, WWF’s tiger conservation efforts, such as nature reserve establishment, recovery of habitat and prey, scientific research and monitoring, policy advocacy also contribute far-eastern leopard conservation.

Goal

By 2022, the next year of the tiger, the number of wild Far-eastern leopard and its habitat will be doubled.