Mar 25, 2014

Picture of the Day: Panthera pardus

 

PANTHERA PARDUS

 

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Photograph by Dwi Rahmaputra Judha
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In this beautiful capture by Dwi Rahmaputra Judha, we see a leopard (Panthera pardus) laying by the water. The leopard is a member of the Felidae family with a wide range in some parts of Africa and tropical Asia, from Siberia, South and West Asia to across most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List because it is declining in large parts of its range due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and hunting for trade and pest control. [source]

The leopard is the smallest of the four “big cats” in the genus Panthera which also includes tigers, lions and jaguars. The species’ success in the wild is in part due to its opportunistic hunting behavior, its adaptability to habitats, its ability to run at speeds approaching 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph), its unequaled ability to climb trees even when carrying a heavy carcass, and its notorious ability for stealth. The leopard consumes virtually any animal that it can hunt down and catch. [source]

 

 

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