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Panthera Pardus

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I never paid much attention to this feline, but now I love it.


(Source: Wikipedia)

The leopard (pronounced /ˈlɛpərd/), (Hindi: तेन्दुआ) Panthera pardus, is a member of the Felidae family and the smallest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera, the other three being the tiger, lion and jaguar. Once distributed across eastern and southern Asia and Africa, from Siberia to South Africa, the leopard's 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 Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malaysia, and China. Because of its declining range and population, it is listed as a "Near Threatened" species by the IUCN.


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Taken on August 17, 2010