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This picture was taken at the Santago Rare Leopard Project which acts as a breeding center for these animals, some only a few hundred left in the world. When Peter James didn't have enough money to pay the veterinary bill, he came up with an idea: give close-up access to photographers for a reasonable fee. It's been a great sucess - the doctor's bill have been paid and now he's created back drops for the cages and now other breeders/conservationists are looking to do the same in Europe.

When asked if the leopards would be released into the wild, Peter James, the keeper, told me that "perhaps their grandchildren. Unfortunately, many of the countries where these cats live, they are still hunted with little or no government protection."

This day at Santago is an example of photography helping with wild life preservation for future generations. If you would like to see another picture of this leopard and more information about the project, take a look at this on TrekNature.

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Additional Photos by Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 274 W: 31 N: 400] (1746)
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