It inhabits dry mountainous areas in Asia, deciduous forests and mountains up to an altitude of 3,200 metres.
The Persian leopard leads a solitary life off mating season. It is mostly a nocturnal animal. This predator marks its territory by scratching trees, scraping the ground and spraying urine.
Leopards locate their prey from trees or rocky outcrops. They hunt bezoar goats, mouflons, wild boars and birds. This cat has a high level of adaptability to changes in its diet, depending on the availability of food.
Lifespan: 13-21 years
Weight: 17-90 kg
Did you know that….
The Persian leopard belongs to one of the rarest subspecies of leopard.
The main threats to its population include trophy hunting, warfare, military training as well as intensification of agriculture and mining.
- Latin name: Panthera pardus saxicolor
- IUCN – Red List – EN – Endangered,
- CITES – Appendix I
- EEP – Species or subspecies in European Endangered Species Programme