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Mating Snow Leopards

By baclark
Hi everyone,
Many thanks for the C&Cís on my last upload Ė The Conversation. You could see some weird stuff too!

I originally adult tagged this, but several EPZers felt it didn't warrant it, so I've removed it.... .... These are the two Snow Leopards at WHF, Ranschan 8 and 7year old Mizi . In the early evening on Saturday we were in the very privileged position to witness them mating, a rare sight indeed. Often during the day we heard the most amazing caterwauling and it was these two.

Snow Leopards conservation status is listed by CITES as Endangered. Their habitat is the mountainous regions of Asia, Afghanistan, Himalayas, Russia, Mongolia & Nepal. They tend to be solitary animals only getting together during the mating season. Their main food include sheep, deer, hares and mice. The main threat Snow Leopards face is poaching for the fur trade (3 skins to make one hat), loss of habitat caused by deforestation and dam projects, and loss of food sources.

Based in Kent UK WHF is an active partner in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP), as well as setting up education programmes for the people that share the habitats of these wonderful cats. Letís hope the pairing of these two amazing animals produces young to help swell the numbers.

V2 a wider shot shows those wonderful tails and V3 another close head shot. These aren't going to win any natural history competitions but it's SO rare to witness this I wanted to share it.
Thanks for looking.

Tags: Mating Snow leopards Whf Endangered Pets and captive animals Ranschan Mizi

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acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 6:51AM
Three cracking shots.............Martin

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
28 Jun 2011 7:16AM
Don't like being intruded on Barbara !!!!Wink Love is.........Ron.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 8:20AM
Amazing ....
she looks so laid back and him ? scarey
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 8:37AM
Oh yes, all are excellent.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 9:01AM
And just think Barbara, she went up the tree to find him againWink
Especially as we all thought she looked too tired and had a headache coming on ...again, and again!Grin
Truely amazing privlege to of been there and not only witness but get some images as well
Brilliant shots Barbara, all of them..mine from the other side so... next week we'll get those out shall we?...and Maggie, did she get any?
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 9:10AM
Great shots, and as you say, an extremely rare opportunity.

( I think you've been a bit over-sensitive with the adult tag....anyone who's got the filter on to avoid full on adult stuff is going to miss out on these super shots!)

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 10:09AM
These are absolutely wonderful, so very well captured. Her face is so serene, but his! Goodness, just as well she cannot see him, it's quite demonic! Thank you so much for sharing these with us.

PS: I agree with Roger that the Adult tag should be removed, these are natural history shots and it's a shame that some people should miss them.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 10:45AM
Fantastic set of images, very well captured indeed.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 11:41AM
Amazing shots - what a privilege to have been there; you must have been so excited..
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 12:20PM
I may well put these up again soon without the adult tag!
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 12:48PM
UPDATE Have discovered that it is poossible to remove the adult tag. Have done, so in the hope that it won't offend.....
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
28 Jun 2011 1:02PM
Glad you changd the tag, as you already know, I don't ever check out "Adult"! Have to say, these 2 look to be enjoying the moment!! Well captured images.

Trust the paintwork and on-going thunder have sorted themselves out?

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
28 Jun 2011 3:35PM
Well, thanks for sharing them with us, Barbara Smile Just love the two ever so different expressions on their faces, especially in V1 - so this has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
28 Jun 2011 4:50PM
Bleeding heck Barbara,the poor chap looks in pain here !!
I am sure he is enjoying it though.
Excellent shots.
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
28 Jun 2011 5:48PM
wonderful set Barbara, love all 3
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 7:07PM
rare animals and three special shots Barbara
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
28 Jun 2011 8:45PM
V1 is absolutely wonderful - and I'm sure she would agree too, she looks positively ecstatic! Tell you what, though, if Terry bared his teeth and snarled at me like that I would definitely have a headache coming on..... WinkWink
imagio 11 12 1 England
29 Jun 2011 4:23PM
Well captured Barbara

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 9:59PM
wow, this is a fantastic set, the eye detail of the male is wonderful

tony64 14 204 9 England
29 Jun 2011 11:47PM
Hi Barbara, this is an amazingly unique opportunist shot! I'm sure however that no-one would be offended!
I thought the adult tag was a joke!
Looking forward to more from your day out! Certainly seems to have been worth it!

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