May 3 is International Leopard Day. A day we commemorate the beautiful, yet, elusive and nocturnal creatures.
Belonging to the feline family, leopards can be found in various regions including Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Russia and the Indian continent.
Unfortunately, their population is in rapid decline and they have been listed as a near threat on the IUCN list. Some key factors in the dwindling numbers include habitat loss, depletion of their prey, conflicts with humans, trophy hunting and poaching for their skin and body parts.
To celebrate them, we feature a selection of photographs by Rudi Hulsof.
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