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).
- 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
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.
3-6 feet long
6 feet long
- 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