Cat House


Amur Leopard
(Panthera pardus orientalis)
sign One of the most endangered big cats in the world, they are on the IUCN Critically Endangered Red list. They lost 80% of their range in the wild just between 1970-1983. Also called the Manchurian or Korean leopard, they occupy a remote area of the China-Russia border (the Amur River valley) and China-North Korea (the Ussuri River valley). In China and Korea they are on the verge of extinction, and in Russia they are estimated to number 30-50 adults. Efforts to save the Siberian (Amur) tiger will also help this cat, as the larger range protected for the tiger will also make room for the leopard. However, with the breakup of Russia and widespread illegal trade of tiger and leopard products in Asian countries, both of these cats could be extinct in the wild in a few short years. The Amur leopard is the type of cat EFBC/FCC is concentrating on with our breeding programs. We have several adults we imported from European zoos (Tallin, Helsinki, Moscow, and Berlin) to spread out the captive bloodlines and minimize inbreeding.
For more information on these leopards, and to help save them in the wild, please visit the Amur leopard page.
Amur Leopards at EFBC/FCC
Male, arrived here 17 October 2001 from Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park in Canada. Handraised. Photo history at
Arrivals 2001
Daughter of Gigant and Solstice, born here on 6 May 1997. Younger full sister of Anju - like with Anju, Masha was pulled at several days of age for hand rearing. In this case, the cub had been injured by Mom, and so Masha is missing several inches of her tail. Photo history at
Born May 14, 2011 at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Kansas with 2 brothers. All 3 lived here in late 2011/early 2012 before moving to the San Diego Zoo. They are descended from several of our cats - grandparents on one side are Sergei (born here to Aijka and Gigant) and Sasha (born here to Tanya and Freddi), and on the other side she comes from a Gigant-Kishka pairing. Photo history at
Arrivals 2013

Video/sounds of our Amur leopards