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|This was taken at Ranthambore National Park. The aggression is due to the fact that the leopard had made a kill and we were getting too close for her comfort. I hope you will like the capture and thanks for standing by.|
The Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) is a leopard subspecies widely distributed on the Indian subcontinent. It is one of the five big cats found in India, apart from Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, snow leopard and clouded leopard.
In 2008, the IUCN classified leopards as Near Threatened, stating that they may soon qualify for the Vulnerable status due to habitat loss and fragmentation, heavy poaching for the illegal trade of skins and body parts in Asia, and persecution due to conflict situations. They are becoming increasingly rare outside protected areas. The trend of the population is decreasing
Poaching - A significant immediate threat to wild leopard populations is the illegal trade in poached skins and body parts between India, Nepal and China. The governments of these countries have failed to implement adequate enforcement response, and wildlife crime remained a low priority in terms of political commitment and investment for years. There are well-organised gangs of professional poachers, who move from place to place and set up camp in vulnerable areas. Skins are rough-cured in the field and handed over to dealers, who send them for further treatment to Indian tanning centres. Buyers choose the skins from dealers or tanneries and smuggle them through a complex interlinking network to markets outside India, mainly in China. Seized skins in Kathmandu confirm the city's role as a key staging point for illegal skins smuggled from India bound for Tibet and China.
In India: more than 2845 poached leopards between 1994 and October 2010;
Leopards share their habitats with Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers, Asiatic Black Bears and sloth bears, wolves, Striped hyenas and wild dogs. These animals may kill leopard cubs given a chance. Lions and tigers may even attack a full-grown leopard.
Leopards succeed in co-existing with tigers, but are not common in habitat where tiger density is high. They are sandwiched between prime tiger habitat, on the one side, and cultivated village land on the other.
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- [2011-12-10 7:30]
Impressive photo. Great expression, he don't look very happy. Beautiful natural colours and good sharpness. Fine diagonal composition.
Ciao Sujoy. Excellent managment od the diffucult light. Very good colour results. Great capture for the splendid animal in action.
- [2011-12-10 13:36]
É uma belíssima imagem com cores firmes e POV ótimo,bem apurado.Meus parabéns por esta bela captura.
- [2011-12-10 15:50]
Hi Sujoy,magnificent capture and very impressive sharpness and colors,great macro,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.