This is one of the clouded leopards from Howletts in Kent. On this particular visit I was shooting there with the fabulous photographer Ashley Vincent. Click here for Ashley's website
His passion are these leopards, so check out his work! Of course I have done my spin in PS and decided to go dead black again! I must say it was wonderful talking to the keeper regarding his relationship with this Leopard... he will actually try and jump on his lap for a cuddle.
Clouded leopards are two species of wild cat that live throughout the forests of Southeast Asia. The smallest of the big cats, they are secretive and rare in the wild, preferring to remain alone and hidden from view. Because of this, studying them is a unique challenge, and while we know much from watching cats in captivity, these two species of cat remain elusive and poorly understood.
Reference: Clouded Leopard Organisation
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