|Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay)
|Date Taken: 2011-08-23|
|Camera: D3S, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-02-05 20:39|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Leopard in Namibia Panthera pardus|
Picture taken, west of the Waterberg Plateau, the vast plains are occasionally broken by the remnants of ancient Sandstone outcrops, which once covered large areas of northern Namibia. Nestled among the Omboroko Mountains lies Okonjima – a Herero name meaning Place of the Baboons. This is much more than just a lodge. Okonjima is also home to The Africat Foundation.
This is an old friend of man. Fossils of early leopard ancestors have been found in East Africa and South Asia from the Pleistocene of 2 to 3.5 Ma.
Fossil leopard bones and teeth dating from the Pliocene were found in Perrier in France, northeast of London, and in Valdarno in Italy. At 40 sites in Europe fossil bones and dental remains of leopards dating from the Pleistocene were excavated mostly in loess and caves. The sites of these fossil records range from near Lisbon, near Gibraltar, and Santander Province in northern Spain to several sites in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, in the north up to Derby in England, in the east to Přerov in the Czech Republic and the Baranya in southern Hungary.
Fossils of early leopard ancestors have been found in East Africa and South Asia from the Pleistocene of 2 to 3.5 Ma. The modern leopard is suggested to have evolved in Africa 470,000–825,000 years ago and radiated across Asia 170,000–300,000 years ago.
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a superbe portrait of this fascinating wild cat. Good work and thanks for showing
- [2013-02-07 17:45]
What a magnificent animal!
This is quite a close-up. Was this leopard in captivity?
Very nice details on his fur, and a cold eye-contact!
TFS. : )
- [2013-02-10 20:17]
Living in the States makes it just a dream to view one of these beautiful big cats. I can't imagine what it's like seeing one in it's natural habitat.
Maybe someday I can visit your beautiful country and capture an image like this myself. Until that time comes, I will just have to enjoy looking at photos such as yours. Great work!!
What a stunning shot of this beautiful leopard! Great detail and color. It seems like it is watching you. Like the notes.
- [2013-03-07 16:00]
Such wonderful clarity, and great exposure and fantastic focus on the leopard, one of the most difficult top five to see. I feel like I can reach out and touch it, but I won't. He might bite me :)