"With only 30-4o 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." (Quote amurleopard.org)
I heard this fact a while back, but the biting reality took my breath away when I just read it again. In spite of this fact leopards in the wild still suffers poaching.
The image above is taken with a photo trap. Imagine one of Gods creatures this beautiful extinct... Sometimes it appears that the human race has an awful lot to answer for.
Image © amur-leopard.org.