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Amur Leopard

By baclark
On Saturday I like to indulge my love for big cats and today is no exception! Here's a shot of one of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation's Amur Leopards. I can identify most of their tigers now but not the the Amur Leopards so I'm not sure who this is. Suffice it to say they are very quick and fiesty and you need your wits about you!

It is thought that in the wild less than 50 of these amazing animals are left, living in a conservation area in Russia.
The Amur Leopard is the worlds most endangered cat.

They can run up to 37 mph for short periods and leap some 20 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically. They are good strong climbers taking their kill up a tree to eat alone and can descend head first back down. Amur leopard feed mainly on on roe and sika deer.They have longer legs and fur in comparison with other leopard species, the fur varies from 2.5 in spring to 7.5 cm in winter allowing them to survive in the snowy cold climate.

Thanks for looking, available LARGE. Have a great weekend whatever you are doing.

Tags: Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals

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26 Sep 2009 9:24AM
great pic !

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26 Sep 2009 9:34AM
Stunning Barbara, envious pic, where is the HWF???

Martin and Bev (bpearson3).
26 Sep 2009 9:36AM
Good shot Barbara.

tony64 14 204 9 England
26 Sep 2009 9:41AM
So hiding up a tree is no good then?!

Fantastic capture of this rare cat.

Great capture Barbara, glad you weren't on his menu. It's a shame that they have been hunted to almost extinction.

maggieh 9 4 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 9:50AM
Saying hello to a close friend? He looks pleased to see you. Great shot.
imagio 11 12 1 England
26 Sep 2009 9:55AM
Looks like your on his menu Barbara

bpearson3 9 1 England
26 Sep 2009 9:59AM
Barbara....... I am so envious. I wish I lived nearer to Kent!
This is stunning. I can even see the creases in the Amur's tongue.
10/10. Well worthy of an award.

Love Bev x
jools59 8 4 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 10:01AM
This is fab Barbara....tried out some shots at colchester Zoo...unfortunately it rained all the day and the animals were shy to come out...ahhh better luck next time...thanks for sharing...Jools
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 10:08AM
Thank you so much for the award Bev. I am delighted that you like the image!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
26 Sep 2009 10:22AM
Another full on portrait Barbara, information excellent. Congrats on the award. Ron.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 10:30AM
Absolutely stunning WOW, the detail is amazing, fabulous colours, you really have caught the essence of this most magnificent beast, super write up too.

26 Sep 2009 11:19AM
i simply love this image, well done.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
26 Sep 2009 11:20AM
"fiesty" indeed by the looks of things! Amazing bit of timing on your part and a magnificent looking animal. Enjoyed reading your write-up too.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
26 Sep 2009 11:23AM
I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of those teeth! A super capture, Barbara, cracking detail and great timing to catch it like this. Excellent.
TrevB Smile
26 Sep 2009 1:23PM
Superb shot,
Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 1:36PM
A simply beautiful portrait of this handsome beast. excellent shot.
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 2:35PM
An absolutely stunning image brilliant detail well done
26 Sep 2009 3:32PM
fantastic pics
from me and my son kujtim h elove very much leopard
8 10 10 England
26 Sep 2009 3:37PM
Wonderful image and thanks for the info.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
26 Sep 2009 6:00PM
I love the ''snarl'' here Barbara.
A well timed take.
Excellent shot.
great shot barbara.ray
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 7:17PM
Beautiful image with superb detail and colours very well timed
Little Jo Plus
16 2.3k United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 8:55PM
A classic big cat photo that has been superbly executed. I love the way you've got the detail of the rough tongue too. It's a joy to see it.

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
26 Sep 2009 8:58PM
excellent, congrats on the user award.lesley
User_Removed 8 718 9 England
26 Sep 2009 10:21PM
Stunning animal, stunning image, award well deserved (if i had'nt already given mine out then this would have won another).

Lovely expression on his face, such a cute creature. Beautiful.

Alison H
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2009 10:50PM
Deserves a load of attention this is Great

Linda Wink
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
27 Sep 2009 2:26AM
Stunning capture, Patti
wyatturp 12 2 England
27 Sep 2009 11:05AM
Super to view!!
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
27 Sep 2009 11:37AM
brilliant timely close up
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2009 4:00PM
Stunning shot Barbara! Great write up, but what shame about the remaining few in the wild.
agingrocker 9 14 1
27 Sep 2009 7:11PM
Absolutely superb Barbara. Beautiful shot. Antony
popeyeee 8 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2009 9:35AM
love this one barbara WOW
DaveCole 10 152 Wales
7 Oct 2009 8:20AM
Wonderful shot and great info too.Thanks
pj12 10 Bulgaria
11 Oct 2009 6:40PM
Very well done, perfect shot!

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