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Persian Leopard

Persian Leopard
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered, Animal portraits, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-13 12:35
Viewed: 5795
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Persian Leopard is from the Leopard Project I visited last week.
I'll put a full note on later, but It's Friday, it's sunny and the beer garden is open!!!

Friday was a long night! it's 7pm Saturday, I'm just starting to feel normal again.
Here are the notes for this Leopard.

Persian Leopard, Panthera pardus saxicolor

One of the largest races of leopards, this long-haired subspecies was said to resemble the unrelated snow leopard when first described in 1929. Later, well-documented descriptions of animals from northern Iran helped develop this studbook. Subsequent animals came into captivity from the same region as well as the Kopet Dagh region of northeast Iran near Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Little field work has been done in any of these countries but no more than 2,000 individuals are thought to remain within this otherwise large, sparsely inhabited (human) area. At one time this race was very common in European zoos, with populations exceeding 200 individuals. Sub-sequently, populations of this subspecies have declined in Europe and in January, 1999 the captive collection outside of range country zoos was 155 (82.73) leopards in 72 locations, nearly all of which are in Europe. In North America the population is less than 10 individuals maintained by eight zoos; due to a lack of space, this subspecies is being managed to extinction. The founder size worldwide is only 10 and because of the political turmoil within its tri-country range - Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan - additional founders have not been available to zoos from any of these countries. In Europe, the Munster Zoo supports the EEP for this race. IUCN lists this subspecies as Endangered and suggests that the Caucasian leopard, P. p. ciscaucasia, and Persian leopard are synonymous.

These notes are from www.csew.com

Thanks for looking. Have a good weekend.

Fisher, Signal-Womb, dew77, red45, Comandante, marhowie, paulbright, gerhardt, olontur has marked this note useful
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Further proof that you can get a great shot in a "zoo".

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-13 12:51]

Perfect composition, excelent portrait, a beautiful pose. What more can I say?
Excelent work, Alan.


Wonderful photo, Alan!
Excellent sharpness and composition, great Dof and colours.
Beautiful photo, well done!

Looks like if it was going to release his muscles to run after a prey. Very expressive fixed gaze. I like the soft colors and the framing. I would just clone out the two grass leaves behind the face, but that's just an option in case of a further use. Thanks for sharing, Alan.

Great shot, very good sharpness, great POV and expresive face.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-13 18:07]

Hello Alan,

Another great photo from your hand! Wonderful colors, razorsharp details and perfect composition. Excellent DOF!


A superb portrait Alan, this cat looks in beautiful condition which is good to see. Very good work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-13 18:58]

A superb capture Alan.
Great pose and I love that fixed stare.It makes me wonder what it has seen.
Lovely colours and detail,excellent DOF.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-13 19:03]

Hope the beer was cool enough for you Alan.
This is another excellent portrait of your big cats. Perfect composition, details, colours, and of course the beautiful cat. I also like the little flower on the left. Well placed! TFS...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-14 0:41]

I really like the intense look on this leopard, Alan. Beautiful composition as well as super sharp details. Perfect exposure. Congratulations! : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-14 5:14]

Hi Alan!
Sharp and well detailed composition.Very well done!TFS...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-14 5:31]

What a absolutely beautifull animal Alan! It looks like taken from Kipling books. Its face and eyes, composition and details - everything is superb!

realy fantastic one Alan,
the look from him, fantastic, very good pov and with a extremely good details, realy a super shot, with my compliments,
gr. Jaap

I hope the beer was long and cold! You deserve it after all the hard work gone into these wonderful photos. This is another stunning shot. The detail is outstanding. This Kitty is really focused on something. Nice work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-14 5:50]

Beau et intéressant portrait bien réalisée pour ce superbe léopard. Bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Well Done !!!

I think this is your best leopard photo Alan!
Details,sharpness,clear eyes and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Excellent profile portrait again Alan..Very sharp and detailed with an excellent pose. Very well done.
P.S. Hey, take it easy on them suds man! ;-))

Perfect, Alan. Just a pleasure to look at. No nits. Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-16 23:51]

Alan, another masterpiece here.

As usual, a great composition. Very nice pose and bg.


I know only of three or four Persian Leopards in captivity. Sadly, most leopards in Iran's zoos are African.

But good news: An Iranian doctorand is conducting a 3-year study from this summer on, and hopefully his results will help in protecting the kind.

Still, locals say that they quite frequently encounter specimen, but they would count lynxes, jungle-cats and even wildcats...

Great picture, thanks for sharing!

amazing subspecies, TFS Ori

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