This photo of an Arabian Leopard is by Xavier Eichaker

This leopard is critically endangered.  With a population of 200 individuals, and decreasing, this is one of the Middle East’s rarest predator’s. Although they used to have much more habitat, now they are limited to the Arabian Peninsula. Some of their threats are habitat loss, shooting prey, and people defending cattle. Their  prey includes snakes, mountain gazelle, Arabian tahr, rock hyrax, hares, birds and maybe lizards and insects too. They store the body of their prey in caves, lairs, and trees. Their coat color varies form pale yellow to golden, and has rosettes all over. Males weigh 66 pounds, and females weigh 44 pounds, making this leopard much smaller than some of it’s cousins.

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