Belonging to the family of Felidae. An adult snow leopard weighs between 77-121 lbs. stands 24 inches tall at the shoulder, and measures 1.8-2.3 m (6-7.5 feet), from their head to the tip of their tail, eight times the weight of the common housecat. Snow leopards are well adapted for their cold, rugged mountain environment. The fur is dense and wooly, to help them stay warm in their bitterly cold habitat.
The Amur, or Far Eastern leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is one of the eight subspecies of leopard. It is only found in the Russian Far East and North East China and there are fewer than 40 individuals left in the wild, making it one of the world’s most endangered big cats. For this reason, it is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Amur leopards live in the temperate forests of Far Eastern Russia, experiencing harsh winters with extreme cold and deep snow, as well as hot summers. The species is adapted to a cool climate and has thick fur which grows up to 7.5 cm long in winter.
As with leopards and jaguars, lions stalk their prey and usually hunt in pack. The male rarely hunts, his mane would cause him to overheat. His job is to keep other males away from the pride, if not he will be killed. The lioness brings the food to the pride but the male is most likely to share with the cubs. A pride is made up of five or six related females and one or two males.
The Northern Spotted Owls are very territorial. They have large areas of the territory. They mostly feed on small rodents. The trees for their area must have holes, for nesting, and the trees must be high but open enough to fly through. Although, a lot of the forests are being cut down by timber companies.
These lovable creatures are one of my favorites, and if I was allowed to, I would have one living in my backyard. Giant pandas live in the mountains in central China in the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. They used to live in lowland areas but deforestation and city development has forced the pandas to the mountains. Giant Pandas are an endangered species with only about 1,600 left in the wild, and more than 300 pandas lived in zoos and breeding centers. Most of the breeding centers are in China, where they are close to their original habitat.
Field mouse, wood mouse or common shrew, is the second most frequently prey is the brown rat that is when the body weights of the various prey are considered. In the UK and the United States they also eat amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, bats and rabbits, but earthworms are not part of their diet. During the winter they eat frogs or small birds. In a year during the breeding period, a pair of Barn Owl can eat over 4,000 preys. You may think the rodents’ populations are controlled by the amount of predation they suffer, but the reverse is true.
An area of about 5,000 km^2 is the last viable habitat in Russia for the Amur leopards (World Wildlife Foundation, 2014). Each leopard has an area of land that they occupy and they barely stray into another’s territory, unless it’s mating season. The amount of land occupied by males and females differ. Female Amur leopards have home ranges that range in size from 15-38 mi^2, whereas male Amur leopards can have as big as 155 mi^2 home ranges (“Wildlife Conservation Services Amur Leopard”, 2014). Less land for the entire population to occupy and hung on means
The leopard’s habitat once extended through north-eastern (‘Manchurian’) China, including Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, and throughout the Korean peninsula. 80% of the leopard’s territory disappeared in 13 years. The Amur leopard can be distinguished from other leopard subspecies by a few distinctive features: it has longer legs than most leopards, probably adapted for walking through snow, and unusually widely spaced rosettes on its pelt with uncommonly thick borders. Its coat is reddish-yellow in summer (when the hairs of its pelt are 2.5 cm long) and lighter in winter, when the hairs drop out and are replaced with 7 cm long ones. This particular photo is of a male Amur leopard that is about 11 years old.
If there is a doe in heat the bucks will follow them wherever, they will walk onto the road without looking causing more car accidents during this season. During this period of time the deer’s tarsal glands get really smelly so other deer can clearly tell the sex, condition, and dominant status. The tarsal glands are located on the deer’s inner hind leg. Whitetail deer
canines Hunting Most females hunt together night to make it harder on the prey to see them, but they will sometimes hunt in the daytime. They have three important hunting strategies; that vary based on the prey. The ambush, the blitz, and the siege. hunts alone during night (nocturnal) Avg. Meat required for food 11 - 60 lbs also 57 for large males The number of lions in the pride may vary.