By: Shea Winpigler
The Amur leopard is the world's rarest cat. In fact, there are only 65 to 69 of these guys on Earth.
Unlike most big cats, these leopards don't live in Africa; they live in Russia, in the temperate, broadleaf and mixed forests of the far east: Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park. A handful are even in China.
That's definitely different than the Savannah.
But what makes these cats so entirely interesting and diverse is that there are so little of them. As Discovery News reported, in 2007 there were only 30 Amur leopards! Can you say "endangered?"
That's why the the World Wildlife Fund, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Amur Leopard Center and Leopard National Park are working so hard to protect the species. Scientists have set up cameras over the leopards' 900,000 acres, said the World Wildlife Fund, in order to watch growth and/or depletion.
The main goal is to get these cats back in full swing: breeding and surviving. Russia is attempting to extend the leopard habitat into China with the Sino-Russian transboundary nature reserve, so the number of leopards in China will also have a safety net.