Banham Zoo in Norfolk has a proud record in conservation and is a great day out for anyone with a passion for wildlife. I recently spent a few hours there adding to my library of stock images. I'll be posting many of them over the coming days, starting with this awesomely handsome Sri Lankan Leopard. According to the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust of Sri Lanka, the current population status of this majestic animal is unknown. What is certain is that the numbers roaming the island have decreased substantially over the last 100 years or so, largely due to game hunting and poaching for skins. For more information on an animal that really deserves to have man on its side, please visit the Trust site.
|Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/400th sec, f/5.6, 400mm at ISO 400. Distance to subject: c 15m|