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Several males sometimes follow and fight over a female.

Apart from its long winter coat, which is a light colour in the winter, and more reddish-yellow in the summer, the Amur leopard is easily told apart from other leopard subspecies by its widely spaced rosettes with thick borders.

It also has longer legs, probably an adaptation for walking through snow. WWF treats priority species as one of the most ecologically, economically and/or culturally important species on our planet.

Due to extensive habitat loss and conflict with humans, the situation concerning the Amur leopard is critical.

However, the fact that its more eminent cousin – the Amur tiger – recovered from a precarious state of fewer than 40 individuals some 60-70 years ago gives conservationists hope.

It is believed that the Amur leopard can be saved from extinction if the present conservation initiatives are implemented, enhanced and sustained.