Jaguar’s fishing skills on display.

A jaguar hunts a fish as it swims in its enclosure at Pessac Zoo on the outskirts of Bordeaux in July 2017.
Two jaguars—Mato and Catalina, one and two years old respectively—are on display at the zoo for the first time in Europe.
They have an enclosure which includes a pool of some 100 cubic meters where members of the public can observe their predatory aquatic abilities.
Image Credit: Photograph by Mehdi Fedouach / AFP / Getty
Source: Photos of the Week: 7/15–7/21 – The Atlantic

Black Panther seen in Kenya – first sighting in many years.

This black leopard’s photo is among the first verified sightings of a black panther in a very long time. Image Credit: Photograph by Will Burrard-Lucas)
Big cats can be elusive in general, but few are more elusive than the black panther.
This creature has proven to be so elusive that confirmed scientific documentation of the animal’s presence in Africa hasn’t been achieved in nearly 100 years.
That was until recently, when a team of researchers and a wildlife photographer snapped photographic proof of a black panther in Kenya’s Laikipia Wilderness Camp following reports of a black panther being spotted in the area.
Black panther is an umbrella term for leopards or jaguars that exhibit a melanistic color variation.
This variation creates their black fur. Their spots can still be visible if you’re close enough, or the sunlight hits them in just the right way.What the team spotted in Kenya was a black leopard.
Rumours have circulated for decades about the presence of black leopards in Africa, but evidence was always lacking.
Indeed, according to National Geographic, the only confirmed sighting is a 1909 photograph unearthed in 2017.
Source: Black panther spotted in Kenya is first sighting in almost a century | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Tiger ‘Explosion.’


The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand.
I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others.
Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot.
The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry.
In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day!
Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest
via The Big Picture –

Leopard, Southern Africa.

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by Jaco Marx
I am a full-time dentist in South Africa, but photography and conservation are my passion!
Every day animals are under pressure due to human population growth and development.
Even more African predators are hunted in many African countries without any control, and large numbers are killed.
Leopard Cub
I have put together a series of pictures I have taken in the wild of Southern Africa, just to enjoy them while they roam free, who knows if we will be able to see them in fifty years?
Drinking Leopard Cub
More info: marxphoto
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