Wildlife Photographer Captures a Rare Black Panther Roaming in the Jungles of India

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The term black panther is typically characterized by big cats that are classified in the species Panthera paradus or black-coated leopards or jaguars (P. onca). These big felines have black fur coats or a bigger concentration of black spots on a dark background.

The black leopards can be typically found in Africa and Asia while the black jaguars are located in South or Central America. The term black panther can also be used for different species such as black colored lynx, bobcats, tigers, jaguarundis, and pumas.

The black fur of the panther is a special color mutation that occurs in the genes of the animals. This gene mutation is called melanism.

Where are they Located?

Jaguars and leopards with melanism are very rare. About 11% of leopards and jaguars are melanistic. Viewing such a majestic animal can be less frequent, especially in Africa. Last time a photographer took a picture of a black leopard was in 2019.

Mountains of Ethiopia and Kenya in Africa as well as parts of South America and Asia are the habitats where the panthers can be found. There is a big difference between the panthers found in South America and the ones found in Asia. The panthers found in America are usually black jaguars while in Asia they’re black leopards.

Indian forests are also a big habitat for the Black Panthers. You can see them in the following places in India:

  1. Kabini Nagarhole National Park
  2. Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve
  3. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
  4. Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary

With population declining, experts estimate that there are about 15,000 to 30,000 species of black panther left on Earth.

Black Panther Photographed in India

It’s very hard to spot one in the wild and even harder to take a picture of them. This is why photographers such as Shaaz Jung is so lucky to be able to spot one and capture it on camera. Jung specializes in tracking rare animals and photographing them, especially big cats.

For the last four years, he’s been photographing rare large felines. With the last one being a black panther while he was exploring Kabini Forest (Karnataka). The photo he captured was posted on Twitter where it was retweeted by more than 60,000 times.

Ever since he first saw one, Jung has been overwhelmed with black panthers. He claims that he’s extremely lucky to be making a movie about him for National Geographic Wild. As part of the extensive research, Jung was able to capture the panther looking straight at the camera.

On another trip to Kabini, Jung was able to catch another panther walking about through the forest. During this time, he was barely able to spot the black panther thanks to his intuition.

With years going on the same track, Jung had a great intuition that he was being watched. The panther drifted by Jung and his team in absolute silence. Jung claims that this was his most chilling experience with the black panther.

 

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Sources:
britannica.com
poznavayka.org
wildtrails.in

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