Aman (Leo 42M)

Aman is a male Far Eastern leopard who lives at the Russian-Chinese border. Unlike some of his fellow wild cats spotted in cross-border areas, Aman prefers living on the Russian side, as lots of images from trail cameras installed in Land of the Leopard National Park suggest. The predator almost never leaves Russia and rarely crosses into China, driven by curiosity or a desire to expand his territory.

This spotted cat is around five years old. That means he matured into adulthood a relatively short while ago and is only just exploring new land and opportunities. There is plenty of trail camera footage showing that Aman loves to move around the area he controls. In the photos, the leopard appears well fed, which means he has no problem hunting prey.

The right to name Leo 42M was auctioned off at a charity event during the Eastern Economic Forum and went to the coal mining company SUEK. Company employees decided to name the leopard after Kemerovo Region Governor Aman Tuleyev, who worked hard for many years to launch the revival of the Russian coal industry at the turn of the 21st century.