Spot the Persian leopard!

(Note: the original title, which went out over email, was “spot the snow leopard,” but this is a regular leopard; see below.)

Here’s a tweet from Mohammad Farhadinia asking you to spot the Persian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana; I had no idea that “African” leopards were in Asia, which shows how ignorant I am).  I’ll put a bigger picture below, and the answer will go up at noon Chicago time.

Can you see it? (Click to enlarge.)  I would rate this one “medium difficulty”.


And, for your delectation, here’s the range map of the subspecies of Panthera pardus:


  1. GBJames
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I call that one pretty easy.

  2. Posted January 21, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    When I was in Kenya, a leopard was lounging on a cliff, everyone around me where taking pictures and I couldn’t see him. they blend in well.

  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    The trouble I have with “Spot the…”s is knowing how big an object to look for when there’s no standard objects [phone boxes, cars, people, cattle etc] for scale. Difficulty of 5

    It leaps out at you once you spot it 🙂

  4. rickflick
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Not hard.

  5. Christopher
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I had no idea there were so many subspecies or that Panthera pardus was spread over such a large area.

    • Christopher
      Posted January 21, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      And out of curiosity about why the P.p. japonensis was only shown on the map in northern China, I did a quick wiki-peek at P.p. japonensis only to find it was recently under review and subsumed to P. p. orientalis, with on site claiming an approximate population size of less than 350. So, I wonder at the validity of the multiple subspecies and worry that in a few years it won’t matter much anyway.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted January 21, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Especially surprising (to me, anyway) that there are any on the Arabian peninsula.

      • Christopher
        Posted January 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        I was shocked by that as well, but not shocked by what Wikipedia has to say about this subspecies: critically endangered according to the IUCN, fewer than 200 estimated in the wild as of 2006, small populations in fragmented territories, 74 known captive animals in zoos. I imagine that the tiny population that was in Yemen, some of which were collected for the breeding program, are nonexistent what with the violence and turmoil.

  6. naveen1941
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Easy to spot the leopard

  7. Neil Faulkner
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Not at all hard on the enlarged pic. Ssp tulliana doesn’t appear on the range map, is it also known as P p saxicolor? And I’m staggered at how fragmented the species’ range is.

  8. Posted January 21, 2018 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Beautiful animal.

  9. Diane G.
    Posted January 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Easy to find when you know to look for it, but still remarkably camouflaged! The range distribution is fascinating. I’d be interested in knowing more about Mr. Farhadinia’s work.

  10. Posted January 22, 2018 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    I am surprised! it is the most widely distributed big cat. But I was reading about wild cats big & s,all when I was 10 –

  11. nicky
    Posted January 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Much easier than those katydids.

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