Leopards
BEHAVIOR

Leopards (scientific name: Panthera pardus) are solitary cats; they are usually alone and don’t stay in groups. They are excellent tree climbers and can take food three times bigger than themselves up into trees. Leopards are typically nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night, but, if the opportunity presents itself, they are also successful diurnal hunters (active during the day) and crepuscular hunters (active at dawn and dusk).

COLOR PATTERN
  • Yellow spotted coat – the spots are called rosettes
  • White belly
  • White spots on the backs of their black ears – a trait that all spotted wild cats have, which helps them communicate with their young

WHERE WE LIVE

Leopards are extremely adaptable. They can live in most areas including the savanna, rainforests, grasslands, woodlands, and forests. Leopards have the largest range of all wild cats.

WEIGHT
Leopard
80-165 pounds
 
Great Dane
130 pounds
LENGTH
Leopard
3-6 feet long
 
Bicycle
6 feet long
Bonus
Leopard         A leopard can take down prey three times bigger than themselves and take it up into trees to keep it safe from other predators
 
Zebra 450 pounds
WHAT WE EAT

OBLIGATE CARNIVORE

  • Antelope
  • Gazelle
  • Rabbits
  • Rodents
  • Zebras
  • Impala
  • Monkeys
  • Birds

 

THREATS

  • Habitat Loss
    Leopards are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
  • Trophy Hunting
    Trophy hunting is a big threat to wild leopards.
  • Considered: Vulnerable
Did you know…

Leopards can
leap
9
Feet in the air!
Did you know…

Leopards Can
Run
40
miles per hour!
Did you know…

Leopards can live up to
15
years in the wild!

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

Wildlife should be in the Wild

Rescue

Education

  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Public Tours

Twilight Tours

Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.