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Balek Watches

A young male snow leopard (Panthera unica) named Balek, tracks movement of an unknown creature in the distance at Jungle Cat World Zoo. While initially quite nervous - previously spending most of his time hiding in his den - he is now quite confident and spends much of his time snuggling with Kush, with whom he shares his enclosure.


Snow leopards are found in mountainous central Asia, also called "the roof of the world". They are acclimated for some of the harshest terrain and climate in the world and are extremely elusive. Sadly, snow leopards are not elusive enough to escape the hand of man. They are an endangered species and there may be as few as 3,000 left in the wild with populations decreasing. Individuals are often the victims of revenge killing after taking village livestock, poaching for their bones and skin, prey depletion and habitat loss.

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1/125 second
Focal Length
28 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 7, 2011, 3:08:16 PM
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