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WHERE: Sub-Saharan Africa and small pockets in India, Sri Lanka, China and Indonesia.
COAT: Yellow with a light underbelly. Covered with rosettes (spots that resemble roses) that are smaller and more compact than those of jaguars, none containing a central "eye".

Like the jaguar, it can be melanistic and is sometimes misnamed "panther".
WEIGHT & LENGTH: 51 - 200 lbs; 5 - 9 ft
UNIQUE: Though smallest of the big cats, leopards are both fierce and opportunistic hunters. In the 1950's, a single leopard took the lives of 43 people. The Cutest Little Leopard. Is there anything cuter that the baby animals?

The Cutest Little Leopard

I don’t think so. So, today, we are presenting you a lovely leopard cub – Nekama – small North Chinese leopard. This little fella is born in Berlin Tierpark Zoo, and already has a fans all over the world. So, here is some photos of the cutest baby animal, take a look, and enjoy! These amazing photos are taken by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe. Melanistic Leopard or "Panther"

Hang in There! Leopard Silohuete. The Amur Leopard. Rare and Beautiful Amur Leopards. Beautiful Leopard. Leopard and Baby Baboon. Amur Leopard. Dog and Leopard Friends. Amur Leopard. Amur Leopard Photo Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS Leopards are highly adaptable cats, and all nine subspecies of leopard were once common throughout most of Africa and Asia.

Amur Leopard

Today, however, the Amur leopard is considered the world’s rarest cat. Also known as the Far Eastern leopard, this cat’s range originally extended across northeastern China, the Korean peninsula, and the southern portion of Primorsky Krai, Russia. Now just 25 to 40 Amur leopards remain, occupying a sliver of habitat in Russia along its border with China. Amur leopards have longer legs than other leopards, allowing them to walk in snow with greater ease. Female Amur leopards maintain home ranges that range in size from 15 to 38 square miles, while males can have territories as large as 155 square miles. Fast Facts Challenges The primary reasons for the Amur leopard’s decline are hunting and loss of habitat.

WCS Responds Given the Amur leopard’s very small numbers, scientists believe inbreeding is likely occurring. Leopard in Tree. Leopard of Gummalapur. First hunt for the leopard[edit] Kenneth Anderson arrived at Gummalapur at the request of the District Magistrate in order to rid the area of the leopard.

Leopard of Gummalapur

Anderson received no help from the villagers, who believed that any attempt in assisting him would bring about the wrath of the leopard. At 18:00, Anderson set himself upon a chair in front of a 12-foot (3.7 m) high wall covered in thorns as a precaution should the leopard attempt to ambush him from behind. Throughout the night, Anderson unsuccessfully attempted to attract the leopard by coughing and talking to himself loudly.

The night proved fruitless, and by noon, the villagers became much more cooperative, thinking that Anderson’s loud remarks at night were conversations with spirits. Amur leopard cub is born in Germany. The birth of an Amur leopard cub at Germany's Leipzig Zoo is huge news for her species, which is critically endangered.

Amur leopard cub is born in Germany

The cub, a female who hasn't yet been named, was born at the zoo in late June. Amur leopards, native to eastern Russia, parts of China and the Korean Peninsula, have been driven nearly to extinction, primarily as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. In a period of less than 15 years during the 1970s and '80s, about 80% of its Russian habitat was lost.

Another issue facing the species is poaching, since their impressively patterned coats fetch high prices on the black market. Today, it's estimated that fewer than 40 Amur leopards remain in the wild in Russia, and an even smaller number are thought to remain in China. See more photos of the Leipzig Zoo's cub after the jump. RELATED CUTE CUBS: Your morning adorable: Clouded leopard cubs make their debut at Paris zoo Your morning adorable: Lion cubs get a checkup at Israeli zoo -- Lindsay Barnett. Rare Leopard Photographed in Remote Afghan Mountains. Camera traps positioned in the rocky terrain of Afghanistan's central highlands by conservationists recently snapped a surprising photograph of a Persian leopard, a top predator that was long thought to have disappeared from the region.

Rare Leopard Photographed in Remote Afghan Mountains

In a series of images that provides indisputable proof that the big cat persists in the country’s interior, a big adult leopard can be seen prowling around the camera trap’s field of view and investigating the camera itself, appearing to threaten it with canines exposed. Camera traps can be key resources in evaluating rare species, particularly in remote areas that are hard for conservationists to maintain a presence in. The cameras also snapped images of other wildlife, including lynx, wild cat, wolf, red fox, and stone marten, showing that many of these predators can find enough prey to survive in the Hindu Kush highlands, where Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists and Afghan rangers have been conducting surveys in recent months.