Jaguars live in the trees to survive Amazon Floods.

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A female adult jaguar atop a tree at the Mamiraua sustainable development reserve.
Brazilian jaguars, imperilled by hunters, ranchers and destruction of their habitat, have learned to survive at least one menace – flooding in the Amazon – by climbing trees.
The big cats stay up high from April to July when the rainforest floor is under deep water.
Image Credit: Photograph by Bruno Kelly/Reuters
via The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

Top Predators of Africa.

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, presented by London’s Natural History Museum and BBC, has just recently announced its 50 finalists, chosen from over 41,000 entries.
Here are a few of the most breathtaking images taken over the last year.
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‘Stretching’ by Stephan Tuengler
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 ‘Apex Predators’ by Justin Black
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Siberian Tigers, Eastern Russia.

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Photograph by Konrad Wothe/Minden Pictures
Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, prowl not Siberian taiga but the chilly forests of eastern Russia. On the brink of extinction and numbering just a few dozen during the mid-20th century, some 400 to 500 of these cats live today in Russia, with a few more in China and possibly North Korea.
This subspecies’ historical comeback is a remarkable conservation success story that gives some hope for the future of all wild tigers. A female tiger can have 15 cubs over a lifetime and there is still some room for healthy populations to roam—but only if humans can curb poaching and make a commitment to let them live.
That may be easiest to achieve in the Amur tiger’s vast northern woodlands, which offer fewer human residents and more space to be wild. In fact the Russian Far East is home to the biggest unfragmented tiger habitat left in the world.
The tigers in this vast realm grow large as well, feeding on deer and boar to stretch nearly 11 feet long and topping the scales at 660 pounds.
Recent genetic studies suggest that the extinct Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), last seen in the 1970s, was in fact the same subspecies as the Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica).
If so, this same subspecies stretched across a vast area from the Russian Far East, west through the forests lying north of Mongolia’s steppes, and into modern Turkey and Iran.
via Tiger Subspecies Pictures — National Geographic Animals.

‘Leopard Gaze’ Serengetti Park.

Leopard gaze by Martin van Lokven, The Netherlands
‘During a three-week stay in Serengeti national park, Tanzania, Martin encountered this female leopard several times.
Called Fundi by local guides, she was well known in the area.
Late one afternoon, Fundi left the tree she was resting in and stopped by Martin’s car, fixing him with her magnificent gaze.’
Image Credit: Photograph by Martin van Lokven/Natural History Museum
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