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Panther or Leopard

Panther or Leopard
Photo Information
Copyright: Fred Hardaway (Deon01) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 27] (159)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 16:22
Viewed: 3903
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
[To Sandrine ... ]

Order : Carnivora
Family : Felidae
Genus : Panthera
Species : Panthera pardus

Description :
The leopard (Panthera pardus) is a member of the cat family (Felidae). The leopard's coat has a background color of pale, cream-yellow on its underside that darkens slightly to an orange-brown on its back. Solid black spots adorn its limbs and head, smaller and denser than the golden, umber-centered rosettes that cover its back and sides. The leopard's tale has irregular patches that, at the tip of the tale, become dark-ringed bands.
This muscular cat grows to lengths of 3 to 6 1/2 feet and reaches between 24 and 43 inches in height. Full grown leopards can weigh between 82 and 200 pounds. The lifespan of a leopard is between 12 and 17 years.

Habitat and distribution :
South Asia and Central Africa

Diet :
Varied diet that includes small insects and rodents as well as large game such as antelopes, wildebeest, impala, reed buck, fish, apes, and baboons.

Status :
The status of Panthera pardus varies by geographic region. In some areas it is endangered or critically endangered, In other areas it is threatened. Leopards face threats from habitat destruction and hunting (for skins as well as due to persecution).

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Bonjour Frédéric,
Beau portrait de ce bel animal. Il semble un peu avoir mal aux yeux à cause du soleil, on dirait même qu'il sourit :) Belle capture et notes intéressantes à son sujet! Nous sommes probablement des parents lointains car mon nom de famille est Besse aussi et je sais qu'au Québec, c'est un nom extrêmement rare :) Merci,

Hello deon,
Elle est magnifique cette photo, bravo, la vie de pacha dans toute sa splendeur...Elle a bien de la chance cette sandrine d'avoir un petit clin d'oeil comme ça!! me permet de te faire un bisou même si on se connait pas...

Hi Frederic

No time tonight to give a proper critique, but well worth the green smiley. :-)

belle photo,ces bêtes sont magnifiques,elles ont l' ai si gentilles,on en voudrait une chez soi. Thomas

encore une tres belle photo!exceptionnelle celle ci!
tres jolies couleurs et tres bonne nettete!

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