The snow leopard (Panthera uncia) is a mythic endangered species of big cats native to Central Asia, it's the most secret and elusive of all of them. Unless you're an experienced mountaineer, tracker and trekker with high quality equipment it's quasi impossible to observe in the wild. It has many local names : him tendua (Hindi), barfani chita (Urdu), irbis (Kyrgyz, Russian, Mongolian), bars (Kazakh) and shan (Ladakhi). It's the state animal of Himachal Pradesh and the national symbol of Tatars and Kazakhs. Roughly half of the total population of snow leopards lives in China and Mongolia. Himalayan zoological park is located in Gangtok and houses some of the rare mountain species. Daily visiting hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, the zoo is closed on thursdays. Source : www.gangtokzoo.org/
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pajaran (41681) 2013-10-21 5:32
Dobar tekst o belom lepardu, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Mnoge su zivotinje nestale sa zemlje.
Imajte lep dana, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Good article on the white clouded leopard, with the given data ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
A beautiful leopard.
Many animals have disappeared from the earth.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
NorthernLight (1141) 2013-10-21 6:08
a great shot of a fabulous animal. Crisp sharp. Very beautiful and very instructive. Such an animal is not seen very often.
Very nicely captured!
Have a nice week
Kugart (1770) 2013-10-21 6:43
Wonderful shot of this very impressive big cat. Looks so timid resting on top of the branch with its long tail flopping down. Looks as though he's not bothered by the presence of someone with a camera. Very nice presentation Miguel .
Nicou (105767) 2013-10-21 7:00
quelle iamge sueprbe animal sur ce tronc de bois quel rendu sur le pelage quel félin comme il est couché sur la branche mervielleuse compo.
bravo et amitié
Oceania (3231) 2013-10-21 7:13
You want to know the name of snow leopard in Chinese?
雪豹 (雪 as snow; 豹 as leopard).
Have a nice evening.
goodwill (4879) 2013-10-21 8:07
A royal touch.
There is arrogance in the leopard......may be this is one of its characteristics.
Keep sharing Gueguel,
bayno (18334) 2013-10-21 8:12
i live so many years in Himachal but never see this wonderful animal...very rare and I think that the ia at extinction risk...very intersting post....
rychem (13628) 2013-10-21 9:07
Great, majestic animal, beautiful photo with perfect sharpness and lighting, well captured
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-10-21 13:51
I've always enjoyed the zoo as a place to take fotos of animals I might otherwise never see! As your note indicates, it is a great privilege to see one of these mystical animals!
Periko (1379) 2013-10-21 19:28
Long tail. Strange feline that seems to be a mixture of lion and leopard.
mcmtanyel (5219) 2013-10-21 19:55
A magnificent animal captured exquisitely! Excellent framing, beautiful light management. Well done & TFS!
mirosu (8112) 2013-10-21 22:49
Excellent snapshot of this beautiful Leopard. Thanks for interesting note. But not only Leopards are endangered, yesterday I saw on TV that Lyons population was reduced from 450,000 fifty years ago to 20,000 at the present!!
Silvio1953 (105467) 2013-10-22 0:30
Ciao Miguel, great portrait of superb creature, splendid light and wonderul natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (43975) 2013-10-22 3:05
A rare specie of a Leopard, well collected while having a relaxed time, but in his cage.
A zoo photo well done, fine contrast of white on green.
adramad (30905) 2013-10-22 11:18
Que bien has captado a este leopardo hechado sobre ese tronco, el verdor del entorno hace un bonito contraste, la madera da tambien unas bonitas texturas.
Buena luminosidad y nitidez, con un colorido muy natural y agradable.
Buen trabajo. Me gusta
Que tengas una buena noche.
Cordiales saludos, amigo mio.
P/D. Tu español escrito es muy correcto y te agradezco el esfuerzo, la palabra "En" que ponias entre comillas en tu comentario estaba perfecta en la frase.
fabbs99 (11102) 2013-10-22 12:05
Great shot of the big cat.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.TFS.
jmdias (48341) 2013-10-22 16:31
a marvelous animal I never had seen before. nice position of the animal and excellent framing. TFS.
nikkitta (8951) 2013-10-22 16:44
Hola Miguel, so you have been visiting Sikkim, a very remote place?
Good shot of this quite different king of leopard, he seems relaxed in a good ambiance
Informative note, congrats
danos (78112) 2013-10-23 0:17
nice the close up view back from the cage,the unique snow leopard.I like the details as the excellent presentation of the animal as resting on the tree.
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-10-23 2:17
One of my favorite creatures, they are truly a beautiful animal, but I also find them to e one of the most elsuive. I have visited Dublin Zoo ten times, and always the snow leopard is hiding from view! So I have full appreciate or this great take of this one, you have managed to capture him in perfect pose and with excellent detail. Really nicely done.
All the best
ChrisJ (91276) 2013-10-23 9:20
A good catch of the relaxing snow leopard high in the tree. I went to the research station at Darjeeling and saw a few but didn't get any clean shots. Good sharpness, color and shadow detail and the shallow dof works well here. Tfs!
jadir (148) 2013-10-23 18:10
parabens Miguel,bela foto exelente captura. felicidades
mohammad_H (7488) 2013-10-24 21:54
Beautiful view of the snow leopard
in the forest north of Iran, is and the distance is very close to my orange orchards, there is a good resolution and unsurpassed quality, good job
Best wishes to you
Valensiaa (214) 2013-10-24 22:11
I love nature and this animal is one of my favorites. So beautiful and majestic tottaly beautiful well presented.
Thank you for sharing it.
katerina9582 (8) 2013-11-07 14:26
I love the way the leopard was captured in such a relaxing pose. Perfect timing! It's such a lovely creature.