Hello All, here is the start of my beautiful new amur leopard - the most critically endangered big cat (approx. 35 left in the wild). Here eyes are probably the most difficult I have painted with regards to colouring however I am very pleased I have worked so hard to capture every colour I can see. The background will complement the leopards colouring, having some darker colouring added a bit later which the fur will blend into.
Most leopards are rarely found in cold or high-elevation environments, but instead live in the savannas of Africa where populations are relatively stable. However, the Amur leopard, a rare leopard subspecies, lives in the temperate forests and harsh winters of the Russian Far East.
They are threatened by:
- unsustainable logging
- forest fires
- land conversion for farming
- poaching for the illegal trade of their unique spotted coats