Photo by Steven Winter | A leopard takes a break from eating an antelope. There are nine leopard subspecies on Earth, occurring from the southern tip of South Africa's Cape mountains to the island of Java in Southeast Asia. The leopard can live in true deserts, tropical forests, and even in the Russian tundra, where it drops to below 10 degrees Celsius! The biggest threats facing leopards in Africa include the illegal skin trade, wire-snare poaching, and human-leopard conflict. Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe, oceans the rest. Forest, grasslands, and mountains give us 75% of the freshwater.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the jaguar and puma; the forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, cheetah, and elephants etc.; and the forests of South Asia for the tigers and leopards—if you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them. So if we save big cats, we can help save ourselves.
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