Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

An elusive African leopard is sitting in a tree at sunset in this wildlife photograph in color. The thick branches frame compliments this elusive predator. Undoubtedly the colors of the sunset highlight this animal and tree.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 October, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/800s
  • ISO: 2500
  • Focal Length: 215mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3171 by 3964 pixels (WxH).

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The beautiful African leopard is sitting in a tree at sunset. The thick branches frame is gorgeous around this elusive predator. The bright blue sky is the backdrop, which makes the leopard stand out more. Undoubtedly the colors of the sunset light highlight the wildlife photograph in golden red hues, besides adding warmth to the animal. Indeed the rosette spots on the leopard’s fur are on full display, showing us the full magnitude of this cat’s elegance. The texture of the coat from this elusive predator, also the coarse bark of the tree contrasts nicely against the smooth sky.

Fully grown leopards can weigh up to 90 kilogram / 200 pounds. Their usual lifespan is between 12 – 17 years of age. Leopards have multiple mating partners throughout their lives and reproduce year-round. The females will attract potential mates by excreting pheromones. After that, females give birth to two to four cubs. The gestation period is about 96 days. Usually, a leopard produces a litter every 15 to 24 months. Leopard cubs are tiny at birth, weighing around 0.9 kilograms / 2 pounds. They also spend their first week of life with their eyes closed. Furthermore, at two weeks, cubs begin walking. At seven weeks, they leave the den, and at three months, they do not need their mother’s milk anymore.

The Leopard, Panthera pardus, is in category vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

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