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Clouded Leopard

Clouded 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, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-07 16:19
Viewed: 7333
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Clouded Leopard. A very elegant big cat from the leopard project I visited this week.
Here are some facts about this stunning cat.

The clouded leopard is sufficiently distinct from other members of the Felidae family, due mainly to the unique shape of its skull, to be placed in a separate genus - Neofelis. Outwardly the cat is immediately recognisable by its distinctive coat patterning. The base colour of the fur is pale yellow/brown and is marked on the body by large irregular shaped markings, each dark brown/black around the edge and lighter in the middle and it is this ‘cloud’ pattern that give the cat its name. The undersides and short, stout legs are usually spotted and the head and neck streaked with black/dark brown. In overall size the clouded leopard is similar to that of a small leopard, reaching up to 38 inches in body length, whilst having an extremely long tail, measuring up to nearly 3 feet on the largest of the species. The clouded leopard also has the largest canine teeth in proportion to its body size of any of the cat family.
Native to South Eastern Asia, the habitat of the clouded leopard is generally that of dense tropical forest up to a height of 7,000 feet, however recent reports indicate that the cat may also inhabit more open forested terrain and swamp margins. A distinct sub-species known as the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyurus) is reported to be found only on Taiwan - however lack of recent sightings suggest that the loss of natural habitat and decline of its prey base may indicate that this sub-species may now be extinct in the wild.

It is an extremely good climber, aided by the balancing effect of its long tail and supple ankle joints - in captivity the clouded leopard has been observed hanging from overhanging branches by its rear legs. Although in part arboreal, the clouded leopard hunts mainly on the ground at night. Its prey includes deer, goats, wild pig, reptiles, and birds. Monkeys are also on the prey list and it may be that these are hunted off the ground.

Throughout its range the animal has been heavily hunted for its distinctive fur and for its teeth and bones which, as with the tiger, are commonly used in Oriental medicine preparations. This coupled with the loss of habitat, mainly due to deforestation, has led to the animal being endangered. It is listed in CITES Appendix 1

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-07 16:27]

It looks like this cat “means business”…

Great photo of this lovely animal. Details are high and the colours are perfect. I really like the composition and I get the feeling that the cat is on it’s way to jump out of my monitor and land in my lap.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-07 17:37]

He is stunning Alan. Yes, I agree with Peter - this cat does look mean. Very good photo, the details and composition are great. Well done.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-07 21:00]

Excelent shot and well done on this one.
Just missed the feet, o so close.
I like your composition.


Alan, you have another great capture of a big cat. A beautiful animal, and you have captured him very well. Excellent notes...

I like the good photo,
the crop is exelent, the composition is very good, it is very good in pov, and the dof is realy fantastic, very good job Alan,
gr. Jaap

Great Leopard! Very nice photo. I like it.

I don't like to repeat myself, but this is another perfect shot Alan.
As always, everything is great.
Very well done!

Lovely photo, but I do wish you had got the paws in completely, that would have made this excellent.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-08 4:55]

Wow! Another beautiful Leopard. You were so lucky that you had the opportunity to see and photograph this collection Alan! This picture is wonderful. Excellent fur-details, good POV & DOF, stunning colors and perfect composition. Well done & TFS!


Beautiful portrait, great details a expresive face. I would have framed it a little more on the right.
Well done.

Pretty Kitty Alan, but he has a menacing expression on that cute face. You shot is so crisp and clear I could almost pat the Cat. The twinkle in the eye is great. Outstanding shot and excellent note. Thanks

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-08 10:39]

Alan, another great one on this series.

As usual, excellent composition. I like pose a lot too.

Well done.

Lovely shot Alan, I think I would have cropped a bit more on right and bottom. You have such amazing sharpness and detail that it would stand that kind of treatment I think. You really caught the menacing expression on its face *shiver*. I love the BG and colours too. Thanks for posting it for us :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-09 2:50]

Hi Alan!
Very nice post.Details lighting,expression on face are superb.TFS...:-)

Everything looks perfect Alan..Magnificent animal..Only very minor nit is that it's too centered - Excellent note - Very well done!

I certainly would not want to be the focus of this fellow's intense gaze, Alan.
A magnificent creature, which you have captured well. Congratulations on another beautiful posting.

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