Leopard 8.5" x 12" unframed original dry-brush oil painting of male Asiatic lion. Price includes FREE First Class UK postage. (Please scroll down for larger image.)
With as few as 45 adults remaining in the wild, the Amur leopard is probably the rarest and most endangered big cat in the world.
The Amur leopard is a nocturnal creature that lives and hunts alone. Its unique coat, which has widely spaced rosettes with thick black borders, makes it easy to distinguish from other species of leopard. In the summer its coat is short, but in the winter it is thick, with hairs up to 7cm long to help keep it warm during the harsh Siberian winters.
In the wild, Amur leopards are only found around the border areas between the Russian Far East and north-east China, in a range that is smaller than 2,500 sq km.
Habitat destruction, degradation and poaching of Amur leopards and their prey are persistent threats, and the future of this species is uncertain. The Amur leopard is critically endangered.
My thanks to the highly talented Paul Sherman for his stunning photograph.