Tips on photographing Zoo Animals 
Snow Leopard

Gary D.Tonhouse 1997 - 2002

                                            Be Prepared
When you arrive at the zoo, have your equipment ready, batteries checked, camera loaded, tripod attached. BE READY! Check the zoo map and find the animals you want to photograph first. 
Lions and tiger sleep most of the day. Perhaps they should be your first choice to photograph. Ask about special events, feedings or activities that might be great photo opportunities. 
Plan to spend the day.
Late afternoon offers different lighting and some animals that are active later in the day.

Equipment used to capture this image:
Camera: Nikon F4s
      Lens: Nikor 500mm F4
                                 Tripod: Gitzo 320 with Bogen Ball Head
  Film: Fuji Provia 100
Aperture was set at F4 and shutter speed was around 1/8 on this slide.
Very low light this morning and many images I used fill flash on.

                              SNOW LEOPARD 
                                (Panthera uncia) 

Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Order:
Carnivora, Family: Felidae 

The snow leopard has a thick, beautiful gray to
yellowish-gray coat marked with large black rosettes.
Hunting for its beautiful coat is just one of the
reasons this cat has become an endangered

Habitat: Mountainous regions, between 6,000 and
20,000 feet in altitude 

Range: found in the mountainous regions in the
former Soviet Union, Mongolia, India, Pakistan,
Afghanistan, China, Bhutan and Nepal 

Weight: 60 - 150 lbs. 

Height at shoulder: 2 feet 

Lifespan: 15 years in captivity

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