The Leopard.

Protection status: Near Threatened

Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man: Leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. However, many of their populations are endangered, especially outside of Africa.

The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas. Leopards can also hunt from trees, where their spotted coats allow them to blend with the leaves until they spring with a deadly pounce. These nocturnal predators also stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in the tall grass. When human settlements are present, leopards often attack dogs and, occasionally, people.

Leopards are strong swimmers and very much at home in the water, where they sometimes eat fish or crabs.

Female leopards can give birth at any time of the year. They usually have two grayish cubs with barely visible spots. The mother hides her cubs and moves them from one safe location to the next until they are old enough to begin playing and learning to hunt. Cubs live with their mothers for about two years—otherwise, leopards are solitary animals.

Most leopards are light colored with distinctive dark spots that are called rosettes, because they resemble the shape of a rose. Black leopards, which appear to be almost solid in color because their spots are hard to distinguish, are commonly called black panthers.

14 responses to “The Leopard.

  1. I have never liked fur (to wear) but I like Leopards and all the other cats too, they are beautiful creatures to watch. Like that photo of you in the doorway…is that your pet leopard or just a friend….LOL.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.
    Smiles, Rx

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  2. As you know I am passionate about Africa’s wildlife and have the pleaser and privilege of enjoying them in their splendid natural habitat, the African bush, plains and deserts; trips that I schedule as frequently as possible, its where I feel happiest.
    Love the pic too,
    Take care and keep well.
    xxx

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  3. Secretive and elusive, Leopards are considered in some parts to be symbols of wisdom. But elsewhere their tails, claws and whiskas are popular as fetishes…The Amur (Russian Far East) Leopard although relatively unknown outside it’s Russian homeland is an incredibly beautiful creature, and also one of the rarest of the big cats with around only 35 remaining alive in the wild. Partly because of their preference for deer. Sometimes known also as the Korean Leopard it is now extinct in China and the Korean Peninsula It is classified on the Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered.

    Love the pic btw! Timid one 🙂

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  4. Love the post and accompanying picture! We used to have a black leopard (panther) at the Denver zoo. You could see his rosettes only when the light hit in a certain way. He was in a tiny cage and paced furiously and ceaselessly. That’s when I realized I hated zoos. I have a poem about him. Very best to you, Kenny

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    • Stress is a most upsetting thing to see in a caged animal. It attacks the nervous system resulting in a most miserable existence. No not nice to witness. Would be interested in reading the poem.
      be well Monica.

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  5. BTW – I hope that you didn’t get a bite
    anywhere… Sir Kenny2dogs Hutch… lol

    Androgoth ; )

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  6. They are such elegant predators are they not Sir Kenny2dogs Hutch? I rather like them to be honest but then I have always been a bit of a cat lover.
    Tigers, Lions, Cheetahs, indeed all of the cat family.

    Androgoth

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    • Elegant indeed Androgoth, I can see why they were so popular in ladies fashion. Strange… I don’t recall seeing any lion skin’s on the cat walk, it was the Leopard that attracted the women and the Zulu’s.

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  7. Love all Cats!!!!… and Dogs too of course LOL… love your picture.. clever!… My daughter went to Africa Last year to do Voluntary work on a Cheetah Sanctuary ..Some of her pics amazing… Braver than I would ever be.. Stay Bright! and hey, just dont close that gate on any Leopards Tail.. lol

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