Few Facts about the Wild Cat- Leopards

  • Leopards belong to cat family and their scientific name is Panthera Pardus
  • They are mostly found in Africa with some parts of India.
  • Leopards are solitary animals hence they like to live alone. But each leopard has its own territory. They mark their territory through their urine and poop scent. Males and females will cross territories, but only to mate.
  • Leopards can be 4.5 ft. – 6ft long with a tail that is 3.5-4.5 long.
  • They weigh between 80-200 pounds. 
  • Leopards are generally a pale yellow to a deep gold in color.  Melanistic leopards are often called black panthers.

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  • Leopards have black spotty patterns (rosettes) on their fur.
  • The types of spots and fur color tell about the habitat of a leopard. Leopards with paler coats live in desert while Leopards with rounder rosettes live in East Africa and leopards with squarer rosettes live in South Africa.
  • They can leap up to 20ft.
  • They are fast runners and can run 36 miles per hour.

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  • Leopards are mostly nocturnal in nature hence are more active at night.
  • Leopards mostly after catching their prey carry it and climb up the tree or hide in the leaves, to keep it away from scavengers.
  • Female leopards give birth to usually 1-2 cubs.
  • Mother leopards teach their cubs to swim, climb, hunt and how to protect themselves from predators.
  • Predators to leopards are adult chimpanzees and gorillas.

 

 

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