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Leopard

Panthera pardus

Description:

Compared to other members of Felidae, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but has a smaller, lighter physique. Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes are smaller and more densely packed, and do not usually have central spots as the jaguar's do. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers.

Habitat:

Many rock formations in the mid of a extendet savannah

Notes:

Second spotting of a leopard this years safari. The leopard is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because leopard populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.

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7 Comments

Beautiful series Benno,fantastic animal,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

A wonderful spotting, Benno. And how fortunate to have seen a leopard during daylight hours. That's a rarity in many areas. Amazing country too. I've rattled around many of the tracks in Tsavo East and West. Seeing this makes me want to return. Congratulations on your SOTW.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Congrats Benno. Beautiful spotting.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Benno, we may have missed it last year but this beautiful series has been voted Spotting of the Week! The setting of these shots highlighting the leopard's natural habitat won you the vote.

"Our Spotting of the Week is so well camouflaged you hardly noticed its presence in this rock formation! Solitary and secretive, leopards (Panthera pardus) are known for their climbing ability, and can often be seen descending head first. Rocky outcrops like the one seen here provide cover for resting leopards and their young. Leopards are widely distributed throughout Africa and Asia, with nine recognized subspecies. However, populations have become reduced and fragmented, and leopards are now extirpated from large portions of their historic range. Leopards are globally assessed as Vulnerable by the IUCN".

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

I love the first shot. Thanks for information Benno.

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Wonderful to see in the wild.

Benno Ibold
Spotted by
Benno Ibold

Taita-Taveta County, Kenya

Spotted on Jul 27, 2017
Submitted on Sep 26, 2017

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