Archive for the 'Leopard' category

Difference between Panther and Leopard

(Thursday, July 23rd, 2015)

It is most common to describe Panther and Leppard (or Leopard) as two distinct species. However, this is more a misconception in the wider public than a recognized biological classification. Both words should be used interchangeably even if old habits never die (For all the kids, Bagheera will always be the black panther of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and cannot become a black leppard).

More importantly, if the common leopard/panther really is an identifiable species (Panthera pardus), many other species holding a leopard name belong to à completely different order:

  • The Snow leopard should probably be called Uncia (Panthera uncia).
  • The Clouded panther is actually a Neofelis nebulosa and belongs to a distinct genre (Neofelis) which is only remotely linked to lions, tigers and true leopards.

As a matter of fact, the most attentive (or trained) eye could distinguish morphologies between those animals even without looking at their pelt colored patterns (which is still very distinctive for most of them).

Only the China Panther is of the same family as the common leopard and keeps most of its characteristics.

Eagle vs. leopard (in a tree)

(Tuesday, May 12th, 2015)

It is quite usual to see a leopard in a tree. After all, these big cats climb up there quite commonly and often bring their dead prey into the high branches to protect them from the competition (like a wandering hyena). But it is quite rare to see a leopard hunt in a treee. When, it is confronting an eagle, we reach great heights of weirdness.

Anyway, Paul Steyn observed such a behaviour (a leopard female trying to enter the nest of an eagle). But, in the end, even if the eagle flew avoding any risk, the leopard did not catch anything.

Acrobatic Leopard Raids Eagle’s Nest

Never turn your back on big cats

(Monday, April 21st, 2014)

The big cats are wild hunters and killing machines, even when held in captivity for a long time. See how these ones (lions, tigers, and all) behave once they notice that a possible pray is not looking.

Ready for a kill at any time.

Tame, you said?

Desertification kills 6000 species per year

(Sunday, February 19th, 2012)

desertification kills leopards

A very nice looking poster for a WWF campaign against desertification. With a leopard.

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30min video about Amur Leopard

(Monday, December 26th, 2011)

A beautiful Russian documentairy video (translated into English) about the Amur Leopard, certainly the leopard species most clearly endagered by the very small number of animals left in the wild (in 1972, it was evaluated that their number was below 40 animals).

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more recently, thanks to scientific studies organized by ALTA – Amur Leopard Conservation, it has been shown that their number may be growing very slowly again.

Panthera pardus orientalis Critically Endangered according to the IUCN.

Big cats play with light too

(Thursday, November 24th, 2011)

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Amur leopards shot in a trap

(Sunday, August 7th, 2011)

Fortunately, I am referring to a photo-video trap, not hunters’ traps.

The critically endangered Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) has been well observed by the WWF-financed counting operation in Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and Leopardoviy Federal Wildlife Refuge (Russia). This is very good news since the species is believed to count only about 50 animals in the wild. But the Russian traps appear to have allowed the observation of nothing less than 12 different individuals (instead of the 6 that were believed to live in the area).

Maybe the Amur leopard population is (very slowly) increasing.

The video shows a female and a grown-up cub, which may be a farily good indication that the reproduction may allow a slow recovery in this very small population of Amur leopards.

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Nice Smithsonian pictures

(Wednesday, April 13th, 2011)

The Smithsonian, which is in United States of America the largest museum and scientific institution since 1846, recently published on-line a large collection of animal pictures taken by automatic cameras. They reveal a few unknown aspects of the animal behavior (when Man is not there to peep).


One true love

(Monday, February 14th, 2011)

Sometimes, cats love more than others.

Pink panther true love

Pink panther true love

25 “Big Cat” Pictures

(Wednesday, May 5th, 2010)

WebEcoist assembled some nice photos of the nicest big cats.

  • Tiger
  • White Tiger
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Black panther
  • Cheetah
  • Puma
  • Snow Leopard
  • Lynx
  • Caracal


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