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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 1000D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-25 3:00
Viewed: 2518
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at Ranthambore National Park in summer. The aggressivenes of the leopard is due to a kill which he had left in an open space and we were too close for comfort.
I hope you 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.


Leopard skinsA 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.
It is likely that seizures represent a tiny fraction of the total illegal trade, with the majority of smuggled skins reaching their intended end market.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-25 3:18]

Hi Sujoy.An high point of view and a beautiful moment,the leopard not seems happy to see you..ehehe...very impressive quality as usual whit the best sharpness,details and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-25 4:34]

Hi Sujoy,
very good photo, TFS!

Hello Sujoy, wonderful capture of this leopard that does not seem like a lot of the attention. A great and beautiful image. Hello Paul

hello Sujoy
very good sharpness picture with great details and super colours
greeting lou

Ciao Sujoy. Impressive dynamic one. Excellent light's managment and DOF. Best compliments.


Hello Sujoy
Impressive scene and beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hallo Sujoy,
a very beautiful capture of the Indian Leopard taken from an excellent POV with an intense eye contact, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, very well done
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-27 13:52]

Hello Sujoy.
Very nice photo.I like the composition and the POV and DOF are perfect. Great colors, well saturated and the exposure could not be better. Very well done.Best regards Siggi

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