Leopard | Big 5 | Wild Safari Guide

Meet the Leopard

An expert in stalking and secretive by nature, the leopard is the most solitary of the Big Cats. It is highly skilled in using its short legs, stocky body, and weight of up to 90 kg to drag much bigger prey into the upper reaches of trees, away from eager thieves.

Rosettes consisting of spots grouped tightly and arranged precisely on a cream-yellow fur, make for the ultimate camouflage uniform. Melanistic leopards—black in colour—have been spotted on the slopes of Mount Kenya, while sightings of the so-called morph “strawberry leopard” have been recorded in South Africa.

The leopard has the largest distribution of all cats, with the African landscape its preferred habitat. But through human encroachment, the animal’s home range has shrunk by as much as 75%, and it continues to struggle for existence because of poaching.


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