17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

A portrait of a melanistic leopard in the wild. This melanistic leopard is one of the rarest animals to see in the wild. This big male roams free in the jungle in India. He is majestic and solitary and fights for his territory with other male leopards in the area. This big cat's rosettes can be seen through his fur coat as the light hits his beautiful black fur. An experience of a lifetime.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Karnataka, India
Camera: NIKON D5