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Amur leopards (Panthera pardus orientalis) are one of the most endangered cats in the world. There are thought to be only 30-35 in the wild today.

Edinburgh Zoo has 2 in captivity, and this series of 4 shots were all taken there on Wednesday. Shot through the glass with the lens touching it to avoid reflections.

I'm no natural history photographer, or cat lover (they make me sneeze) but cannot deny the beauty of this big cat.

Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Amur Leopard
Username:kilo363 kilo363
Uploaded:4 Nov 2010 - 8:12 PM
Tags:Amur leopard edinburgh zoo endangered, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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jeb2012
jeb2012  5 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2010 - 8:18 PM

A excellent capture

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jackitec
jackitec  6 Spain
4 Nov 2010 - 8:31 PM

Lovely photos, all 4 are great,

Jack.

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2010 - 9:49 PM

Gorgeous closeup!
Christina

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nathanwebster
4 Nov 2010 - 10:05 PM

I agree with you and these are fantastic shots, I love to see these amazing creatures but hate the idea that they have been taken from there from there natural habitat 9or born in captivity), I understand that the preservation of these animals is critical and they are cared for and protected by the best people.

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2010 - 10:12 PM

All are lovely, but V3 is rather special, just a big pussy cat really! Looks like one of my 3 enjoying a bit of salad! Lovely captures of this amazing Amur Leopard.
Barbara

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kilo363
kilo363  5 Scotland
4 Nov 2010 - 10:22 PM

Thanks all.

Nathan, I think they were bred in captivity. I can see the point in trying to preserve the species, although ideally they would be wild. With a wild population of only 35, something has to be done. From the web site they are eventually going to be moved to the Highland wildlife park which will provide them with more space.

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2010 - 10:25 PM

There always seems something so sad about these beautiful animals behind glass. V1 and V4 seems to emphasise this but your shots have excellent detail.
Joan.

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