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Amur Leopard

By kilo363
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.

Tags: Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Amur leopard edinburgh zoo endangered

Voters: jeb2012, Lesley1959, jackitec and 12 more

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jeb2012 11 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2010 8:18PM
A excellent capture
jackitec 12 16 Spain
4 Nov 2010 8:31PM
Lovely photos, all 4 are great,

User_Removed 12 26 2 United States
4 Nov 2010 9:49PM
Gorgeous closeup!
4 Nov 2010 10:05PM
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.
baclark 11 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2010 10:12PM
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.
kilo363 11 3 Scotland
4 Nov 2010 10:22PM
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.
11 10 10 England
4 Nov 2010 10:25PM
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.

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