5 Interesting Facts | The African Leopard

 
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Leopard Panthera pardus

Leopards are the embodiment of feline grace, beauty, power and stealth with their long, low-slung bodies and short muscular limbs. They are the most widespread of wild felid covering pan-Africa as well as Asia.

Some of the best places to see African Leopard are the Masai Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya; Lobo and Seronera in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; Londolozi, Kruger National Park in South Africa; Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana and South Luangwa in Zambia.

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Did you know?

  1. Males are usually much larger and stockier, and have a significantly bigger head and paws compared to females. Male leopards can weigh up to 198lbs (90kgs), with female’s around 132lbs (60kgs).
  2. The spots on a leopard’s coat are grouped and known as rosettes. Occasionally black leopards are seen and although they too have spots they’re nearly obscured by the black coat. Black Leopards, often referred to generally as black panthers, are mostly found in humid tropics. The difference in colour is not indicative of separate sub-species, but rather the dominance of the dark-coloured pigment melanin in the skin, and is the opposite of albinism.
  3. Ranked just above the Cheetah in the pecking order it’s certainly no slouch, so it’s mystifying why a Leopard will allow Hyenas to so easily take its kill, preferring to flee up the nearest tree. There is evidence to suggest that Leopards have an inferiority complex and that confrontations are unnerving. That said, a Leopard with cubs is more likely to stand its ground.
  4. Adult Leopards can accelerate to 37mph (60kph) and are tremendously strong and are able to take down 300lb (136kg) wildebeests and other antelope and are able to carry a 150lb impala up a tree with ease.
  5. For all its stealth the majority of Leopard stalks seem to end in failure, especially during the daytime. 

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