Black & White Pics of Big Cats.

Joe-Zammit-Lucia01Portraits of animals in solid black backgrounds that puts them in an elegant light and captures their unique traits and personality.
Zammit-Lucia applies the techniques of human portraiture to animals to explore issues related to animal individuality, human-animal relations, and environmental and species conservation.
Joe-Zammit-Lucia08via Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Photos by Joe Zammit-Lucia.

Big Cats and their ‘Rosettes’.

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Large spotted cats have preyed on primates for millennia. Even today leopards cause many human deaths in Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
A rosette is a rose-like marking or formation found on the fur and skin of some animals, particularly cats of the family Felidae. Rosettes are used to camouflage the animal, either as a defense mechanism or as a stalking tool.
Predators use their rosettes to simulate the different shifting of shadows and shade, helping the animals to remain hidden from their prey. Rosettes can be grouped in clusters around other spots, or may appear as blotches on the fur.
Rosettes can appear with or without central spots.
Leopard (Smaller and more dense compared to those of a Jaguar and without central spots).
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Shot by Steve Winter in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
via Discover and National Geographic.

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