Long history of leopards in managed care
Populations within European (EAZA) zoos
Current population size
Amur leopards are critically endangered.
With fewer than c. 85 adults surviving in the wild, populations in managed care settings serve as a vital resource to ensure the survival of this rare subspecies.
These programs safeguard the unique genetic makeup of Amur leopards and provide a potential source population for reintroducing individuals back into the wild.
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Houssaye and Budd (2009)