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Black Panther aka melanistic leopard Dream sighting and lucky enough to shoot too! What a weekend in the jungle...  this image is 24 hours old! :)<br />
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Due to a mutation in the melanin gene, these leopards have Melanism, a development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism. Historically, it was also the medical term for black jaundice [wiki]. Geotagged,India,Indian leopard,Panthera pardus fusca,Spring Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Black Panther aka melanistic leopard

Dream sighting and lucky enough to shoot too! What a weekend in the jungle... this image is 24 hours old! :)

Due to a mutation in the melanin gene, these leopards have Melanism, a development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of albinism. Historically, it was also the medical term for black jaundice [wiki].

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  1. See also:
    The black panther #2 Shortly after the first shot : <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/39329/black_panther_aka_melanistic_leopard.html<br />
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He moved down and away... amazing sighting for me! Still grinning! :D Geotagged,India,Indian leopard,Panthera pardus fusca,Spring
    Posted 3 years ago
  2. Brilliant find John. Thanks for sharing it. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Many thanks! :) I'm very happy. grinning from ear to ear...
      This chap has been roaming around Kabini for a while now, getting bolder and bolder, but this is my first sighting of him, or any other black panther, so it is very special to me! :)
      Posted 3 years ago
  3. Absolutely incredible, John, you put so much effort into your photography that such "luck" is just karma leveling out. Thank you so much for sharing it here! Posted 3 years ago
    1. It was up here before my own site! :) Still buzzing! :D BBC photographer and videographer Kalyan Varma messaged me saying "This is the best photo of the black panther that I have ever seen". :D

      ps - sorry I've been quite lately, young child + less photo time = less images... but when i get them, i try to make them as good as possible! :)
      Posted 3 years ago
      1. Congrats, John, you certainly earned it. And don't worry, JD will always be here whenever you have some time. Posted 3 years ago
  4. For the interested, background story on this awesome sighting:
    http://www.john-rowell.com/blog/2016/6/6/the-dream-sighting
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 3 years ago
  5. Fantastic John, I am so pleased for you, this really is a rare sighting. Well done!
    Posted 3 years ago
  6. Brilliant - black panther photos in the wild are really rare. Posted 2 years ago
  7. just cant take eyes out of this image Posted one year ago

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The Indian leopard is a leopard subspecies widely distributed on the Indian subcontinent and classified as ''Near Threatened'' by IUCN since 2008. The species ''Panthera pardus'' may soon qualify for the ''Vulnerable'' status due to habitat loss and fragmentation, heavy poaching for the illegal trade of skins and body parts in Asia, and persecution due to conflict situations. They are becoming increasingly rare outside protected areas. The trend of the population is decreasing.

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Uploaded Jun 6, 2016. Captured Jun 5, 2016 17:49 in Unnamed Road, Kakanakote Forest, Karnataka 571114, India.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/4.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO800
  • 500mm