National Geographic: Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, Explains the Science of a “Strawberry” Leopard
National Geographic recently featured an interesting photograph of a “strawberry” leopard shown walking in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, and asked Panthera’s President and leopard expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, to weigh in on the science behind this leopard’s rare coloring. Read what Dr. Hunter had to say about this leopard’s erythrism - a little-understood genetic condition that's thought to cause either an overproduction of red pigments or an underproduction of dark pigments – which is the first color variation of its kind that Dr. Hunter has ever seen in a wild leopard.
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Special thanks to photographer and safari guide, Deon De Villiers, for supplying Panthera with this photograph.