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Leopard (Panthera pardus), mother and child, Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

The leopard (Panthera pardus) is the smallest of the four "big cats in the genus Panthera, the other three being the tiger, lion, and jaguar. The leopard was once distributed across eastern and southern Asia and Africa, from Siberia to South Africa, but its range of distribution has decreased radically because of hunting and loss of habitat. It is now chiefly found in sub-Saharan Africa; there are also fragmented populations in the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China. Because of its declining range and population, it is listed as a "Near Threatened" species on the IUCN Red List.

Year: 2015

From album: African Biodiversity

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: Big cats Environment Gazelles Kenya leopard National Parks The Wilderbeast wildlife zebra

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