The leopard (Panthera pardus) is one of the predatory big cats found in Africa.
The leopard has a broad range in sub-Sahara Africa and parts of Asia.
With fur marked with rosettes acting as part of its camouflage. The leopard is well known as an ambush hunter as well as an opportunistic hunter with a broad diet enabling it to adapts to a wide range of habitats ranging from the South Western Coast of South Africa trough the African Savannas, rain forests, arid and mountains regions of the rest of Africa.
The leopard has a robust build and muscular with short limbs, males stands 60-70 cm at the shoulder while a female will be 50-60 cm at the shoulder.
The leopard is a solitary and territorial felid. Individuals will associate only during mating season the female will continue to interact with her offspring even after weaning. Male territories will overlap those of few females with smaller territories.
Leopard depends on its acute senses while hunting, smell, hearing and sights comes into play not only in the daylight but as a mainly nocturnal predator. Being an opportunistic hunter leopard will take prey as small as rodents and in some cases leopards has been recorded of taking animals as heavy as 150kg greater kudu females.
In areas where there is competition from bigger predators such as lion and spotted hyena leopard will use its remarkable strength to hoist its kill into a tree where it can feed.
Leopard is indeed one of the animals found an African Safari that makes a safari day not only worthwhile but extremely memorable.
But in reality, we do not mind how the sighting of a leopard works as we cannot always find them in spots accessible for good photos, but we are still happy finding a sighting of a leopard…
After all, it might only be a shadow in the long grass you see…