With only 30 – 40 remaining in the wild, the Amur leopards are listed in international, federal and regional levels as critically endangered and are in immediate danger of extinction.
In captivity, the situation is also very serious, as interbreeding with animals of unknown heritage has affected a large percentage of the captive breeding pool. Because of this, of the 150 remaining in captivity only 12 are purebreds.As the Russian Far East struggles to survive in Moscow’s shadow, the Amur leopard is disappearing in the shadow of the Siberian (Amur) tiger.
*Habitat destruction caused by wildfires which burn unattended and out of control.
*Intensive logging and clear cutting.
*Elimination of its prey, hunting both legal and illegal (poaching) have all played a role in reducing the leopards to a fragment of its former habitat.
*The Amur leopard is also being poached for its beautiful coat and for its bones
I feel so sad to say that today, there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild 😥 Tigers in captivity are those who are kept in circuses or in zoos or in prisons (fur farms in china, so as soon as they grow up they are killed for their fur and bones)…I mean look at this picture…Tigers are magnificent wild cats supposed to be free in the wild…not treated like means of entertainment in circuses or zoos 😦
Take a pledge today and NEVER go to zoos or marine theme parks where animals are forced to live in small exhibits…it’s a small cage for them compared to their natural habitat…It’s like a JAIL to which they are sent, even when they haven’t committed any crime 😦
Instead go to wildlife sanctuaries or national parks, where you can see them in their natural habitat…then only we can realize how IMPORTANT it is to protect them & nature…!!!
” QUIT SUPPORTING ANIMAL SLAVERY ”
Their skins are sold to decorate the homes of the elite and their bones are ground down to make “tonic” wines — despite these being banned.
The agency’s report published today, Hidden in Plain Sight: China’s Clandestine Tiger Trade, also warns the trade is fuelling a rise in poaching as skins from wild tigers are a third of the price of farmed skins.
In just a few days their investigator was offered the skins of three tigers, one leopard and a snow leopard.
It is estimated that there are only 3,500 tigers surviving in the wild.
Debbie Banks, from the agency’s tiger campaign said China’s support for initiatives to protect tigers was “one of the biggest cons in tiger conservation”.
WARNING – EXTREME GRAPHIC FILM SHOWING SLAUGHTER OF LIONS – THIS IS CANNED HUNTING OF LIONS – In South Africa, the beautiful Lion is bred in captive facilities to be grown and sold to hunting facilities for what is known as Canned Hunting.
Canned Hunting is captive bred Lions inside enclosed areas and hunted/killed for people who have a blood thirsty psychosis and pay to kill a Lion. But before they are adult Lions, they are in facilities that use and exploit the Lion cubs as cuddle toys and photo opportunities for the unaware and/or uneducated tourist. This is what happens. Spread the education and help change the laws that allow these murderous acts. Avaaz.org is trying hard to stop it, please sign unit for this at https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_lion_slaughter_for_sex_aides_d/?fbgYadb&pv=58 . This is more than unacceptable, it is allowing criminal psychotic violent behaviour that is not only inhuman but such joy with killing and violence could easily translate onto any human being. Please help end this crime against nature.
The white lion population continues to be at risk, and captive breeding programs seek to keep them from disappearing completely. However, due to the small number of white lions available, there is a risk of inbreedingamong close relatives, which can lead to genetic problems. Conservationists have attempted to mitigate this risk by breeding the offspring of captive white lions with regular tawny l
White Lions are not legally protected in the wild or in captivity.They can be sold,traded and hunted into extiction. Through dedicated scientific study, the Global White Lion Protection Trust is working to have white lions classified as a rare variant or regional poly morphism of the African Lion, So that they may be formally protected locally nationally and globally.