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The leopard (Panthera pardus), is a member of the Felidae family and the smallest of the four “big cats” in the genus Panthera, the other three being the tiger, lion and jaguar. Once distributed across southern Asia and Africa, from Korea to South Africa, the leopard’s range of distribution has decreased radically because of hunting and loss of habitat, and the greatest concentration of leopards now occurs chiefly in sub-Saharan Africa; there are also fragmented populations in Pakistan, India, Indochina, Malaysia, and China. Due to the loss of range and declines in population, it is graded as a “Near Threatened” species by the IUCN. Its numbers are greater than other Panthera species, all of which face more acute conservation concerns.

Compared to other members of the Felidae family, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, although it is of smaller and slighter build. Its fur is marked with similar rosettes to those of the jaguar, though the leopard’s rosettes are smaller and more densely packed, and the leopard’s rosettes do not usually have central spots as the jaguar’s do. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic (completely black or very dark) are known as black panthers.

This example is from the Birmingham Alabama USA Zoo.

Nikon F3 180mm lens 1/250sec f5.6 EI400 Ektachrome

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leopard, alabama, birmingham, larry grayam

Comments

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    what a beautiful walking specimen….. such a powerful stance and stare…. gorgeous tones to this , Larry . A great piece to your portfolio .

  • Thanks Isa he is something special

    – Larry Grayam

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Larry, beautiful animal.

  • Thanks Roasalie

    – Larry Grayam

  • LaFleureRouge1
    LaFleureRouge1over 4 years ago

    Well done Larry. He is awesome!
    XXX
    Red

  • Thanks LaFleure

    – Larry Grayam

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 4 years ago

    Eyes on you Larry, exquisite animal…Shirley

  • Thank you Shirley, I like the big cats.

    – Larry Grayam

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 4 years ago

    Beautiful Cheeta.!

  • Thank you Tracy

    – Larry Grayam

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 4 years ago

    oops Cheetah…lol

  • fezoj64
    fezoj64over 4 years ago

    Splendid shot Larry. ..Jozef

  • Glad you like it Jozef

    – Larry Grayam

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 4 years ago

    Magnificent image!! My instant FAV!!

  • Thanks Vitta

    – Larry Grayam

  • John Linton
    John Lintonover 4 years ago

    XKExcellent.

  • Thanks John glad you like it.

    – Larry Grayam

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