Amur Leopard—Chocolate Velvet Dress with Hammered Metal Accents
Fallen Angels Jewelry
Hair by Salon Fluxx, Rozalyn Polecastro & Joe Paciorek Make-up by Karen Koenig, Frances Mullozzi, Leticia Carrillo, Molly Lindenberger Photos by Jonothan Mackoff/Alberto Gonzalez/Light Design Model: Jasmine Quintana/Monika Anelle/Jenn Williams
The Amur leopard is a leopard subspecies native to the Primorye region of southeastern Russia and Jilin Province of northeast China, and is classified as Critically Endangered since 1996 by IUCN. Only 14–20 adults and 5–6 cubs were counted in a census in 2007, with a total of 19‐26 Amur leopards extant in the wild.
Amur leopards differ from other subspecies by a thick coat of spot covered fur. They show the strongest and most consistent divergence in the pattern. Leopards from the Amur river basin, the mountains of north‐eastern China and the Korean peninsula have pale cream-colored coats, particularly in winter. Rosettes on the lanks are 5 cm × 5 cm large and widely spaced, up to 2.5 cm with thick, unbroken rings and darkened centers