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.
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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?
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Drinking Leopard Cub
More info: marxphoto
http://goo.gl/d6KUNq
See more Images via Appreciate And Protect Africa’s Predators | Bored Panda.

Spotted Leopard in Black & White.

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Photograph by Logan Watts, National Geographic Your Shot
A leopard gingerly crosses the branch of an acacia tree in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.
“We were almost back to camp when someone in our party spotted this solitary leopard from well over a hundred meters,” writes Your Shot member Logan Watts.
“As we slowly approached, it seemed relaxed and began to move up a branch in profile.
The dappled foliage and powerful limbs of the acacia paired with the spotted muscular pose of the cat seemed fitting for black and white.”
This photo was submitted to Your Shot.
via Leopard Picture — Tanzania Photo — National Geographic Photo of the Day.

The Sumatran or Island Tiger, Indonesia.

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More than a thousand tigers prowled the Indonesian island of Sumatra when the animals were surveyed in 1978.
Today, fewer than half that number survive here and those cats are under siege by poachers and ceaseless deforestation of their home forests fueled by the pulp, paper, and palm oil industries.
A 2004 report from TRAFFIC, the IUCN/WWF effort to track the illegal wildlife trade, suggested that poachers were killing at least 40 of the critically endangered animals every year.
The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is the last of the “island tiger” subspecies.
The neighboring Indonesian islands of Java and Bali were once home to their own distinct tigers, but the Bali tiger (Panthera tigris balica) and the Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica) each died out during the 20th century.
Conservationists are working hard to help their Sumatran relatives avoid the same fate.
via Tiger Subspecies Pictures — National Geographic Animals.