2019 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 3rd Prize

Wild Pumas of Patagonia

Photographer

Ingo Arndt

for National Geographic

03 August, 2017

A male puma follows a female on heat, in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile.

Pumas, also known as mountain lions or cougars, are found from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes, the widest range of any large wild mammal in the Western Hemisphere. They can survive in a variety of habitats, from deserts and prairies to forests and snowy mountains, but are generally shy and elusive to humans. The Torres del Paine region in Chilean Patagonia is thought to contain higher concentrations of pumas than anywhere else in the world. Pumas are ambush predators, stalking their prey from a distance for an hour or more before attacking. In Torres del Paine, pumas feed mainly on guanacos, which are closely related to llamas. 

About

Ingo Arndt

Ingo Arndt was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. As a child, he was always outside in nature. He soon realised that photography was a useful tool in environmental protection...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/1500
Focal length
600 mm
F-Stop
f/8
ISO
800
Camera
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

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