Let’s talk about big cats IV

The five members of the genus Panthera are also called the ‘big cats’. Cat species number 4: The Leopard (p.pardus).

They occur in Africa and Asia and are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because Leopard populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and are declining in large parts of their range.

Picture taken in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

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Let’s talk about big cats V

The five members of the genus Panthera are also called the ‘big cats’. Cat species number 5: The *Snow Leopard* (p.Uni a).

They show various adaptations for living in a cold, mountainous environment. Its small ears help to minimize heat loss. Its broad paws well distribute the body weight for walking on snow, and have fur on their undersides to increase the grip on steep and unstable surfaces. Its long and flexible tail helps to maintain balance in the rocky terrain. The tail is also very thick due to fat storage, and is covered in a thick layer of fur, which allows the cat to use it like a blanket to protect its face when asleep.

This picture I took at the Zurich Zoo, Switzerland.

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I love sitting with relaxed Leopards and observe these beautiful creatures observing me ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Sometimes I just look at some older pictures to remind me of great sightings like this one ๐Ÿ˜Š (2011 at Kings Camp in the Timbavati).

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Yesterday afternoon: My first Leopard sighting for a long time. He was quite relaxed and walked in front of us in bright daylight.

My guests were thrilled and so was I ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I love these amazing creatures. Leopards can disappear more effective than Houdini ever could, they can carry more than their own body weight up a tree, and they can see seven times better than humans in the dark!

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