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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.

Hey! snow leopard! It’s time to sleep

(Thursday, March 6th, 2014)

When it’s time for bed for the snow leopard and the camera is here to capture the moment:

Snow leopards in Afghanistan

(Wednesday, August 17th, 2011)

The population of wild snow leopards is very limited in our world where they suffer from an important pressure. But these animals living in high altitude valleys tend to be very difficult to observe and they may not be observed for long times when they live in isolated places.

This more or less the story of a discovery in Afghanistan: The valleys of the Wakhan Corridor, in the Eastern part of the country, not very far from Pakistan and Tajikistan, host a small group of these magnificent big cats.

The Wildlife Conservation Society organized the installation of photography traps in this area and succeeded in confirming the existence of a snow leopard group in this inaccessible mountainous region. But they do not dare give numbers yet.

Share these Snow Leopard pictures

(Saturday, April 9th, 2011)

To support its own promotion, the Snow Leopard Conservation Fund freely shares tow of its nicest photo pictures of snow leopards. Notice that -for once- these are photos of free wild animals and they were not shot in zoos. Snow leopards are defintely having a hard time in the wild and its survival is defintely not certain.

Calvin Klein for the jaguar

(Friday, August 20th, 2010)

This one does not like Calvin Klein

This one does not like Calvin Klein

I don’t know if (and I doubt that) Calvin Klein latest technology-based perfume, Obsession for Men, can live up to the expectations it raises. This musky scent is supposed to attract women, run them wild with its potent aroma. However, wildlife photographers in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala found that it could be used to attract jaguars, cougars and pumas to the camera traps used to get pictures of the endangered cats. Apparently, this does not only attract male jaguars, but females also like the cologne from Calvin Klein.

This was so marked that Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo tried it on snow leopards too. This works! Consequently, the Snow Leopard Trust will try it in South Gobi, Mongolia. Remember that snow leopards are so difficult to find in the wild that apart from GPS collars, it may take months for experts before they can find one in some of the most difficult terrains.

I guess that this will soon lead to a Ig Nobel prize in the future. And some nice new photos, too.

Source: Wildlife Conservation Society – Guatemala Program

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

Snow leopard photos from India

(Wednesday, April 28th, 2010)

The Snow Leopard Trust organizes several scientific works related to the snow leopard. In India, Rishi Sharma pilots a program of camera traps aimed at snow leopards. They produced quite superb images, obviously because they were setup not only with data-collection in mind.

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Via Snow Leopard Trust.

Snow leopard cubs in Germany

(Thursday, November 5th, 2009)



Cute and timid, isn’t it?

Tambako’s snow leopards

(Thursday, September 10th, 2009)

Tambako The Jaguar is the pseudo of a photographer that brings a large number of animal pictures to Flickr. Despite the fact that most of them are photos shot in zoos, let’s appreciate the nice work with big cats, starting with snow leopards.

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Protect the Snow Leopard: Kyrgyzstan

(Tuesday, August 18th, 2009)

I am happy to support the Snow Leopard Trust by disseminating their information video:


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