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Beauty Up Close

By MarkHughes  
The Amur or Far Eastern Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is a subspecies of leopard and ranks among the world’s most endangered cats, with only 25–40 individuals surviving in the easternmost regions of Russia. In the 19th century, the range of the Amur leopard extended from south-eastern Russia, through Northeast China, and into the Korean peninsula. But after decades of habitat destruction, poaching, and hunting of its prey, the Amur leopard has been restricted to a tiny fragment of its former range.
Photograph taken at Marwell Wildlife, Winchester, Hampshire UK.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Cat Leopard Big cat Amur leopard Wildlife and nature

Voters: Samuel_Aron, RazvanD, buxton and 16 more

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6 Jan 2012 9:00PM
Beautiful close-up!
richmowil Plus
12 438 2 England
6 Jan 2012 9:34PM
First Class Image
11 10 10 England
6 Jan 2012 10:30PM
Such a beautiful animal - you have a super close up here.
DaveCole 13 152 Wales
6 Jan 2012 10:31PM
Awesome image..Thanks for sharing..
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 9:17AM
Perfect eye contact. Carole
BarbaraR 14 958 1 England
7 Jan 2012 12:45PM
Snap Mark !
Yours in such fine close detail.
Well done.

Niknut Plus
11 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 4:41PM
Superb shot !!! the tight framing, & it's impact.....1st class !!

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