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The image of this magnificent creature was captured at the Catoctin Nature Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont, Maryland, April 27, 2012 with the Nikon D300 and the 70-300mm vr Nikon lens. As the snap took place late in the afternoon, I have the feeling that her "pensive" and thoughtful expression seen here was actually her hope that dinner was on its way. She put on quite a show!! Here is a little more information about her:
Endangered through loss of habitat and hunting / poaching. Their home ranges from Southwestern United states to the southernmost tip of South America. Jaguars, the largest cats in theAmericas, inhabit both dry and wet regions. Their roar sounds like a deep, chesty cough, which I was fortunate enough to get to hear, and which she was actually doing when I snapped the shutter on this image. Most of their hunting is done on the ground at night. They will then drag prey to a sheltered spot, sometimes even up into a tree for leisurely eating. Solitary and territorial, carnivorous. Unlike a leopard's spots, a jaguar's "rosettes" surround one or more solid spots. Black jaguars are a melanistic variation of the normal spotted jaguar.
Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH03FBC-xok for the sound she was making as we visited with her ... tho her growl was much more intense and lasted much longer.
My thanks to Princess of Shadows at Deviant Art, French Kiss Artiste Textures and Jerry Jones.
May 12th, 2012
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