23 Apr

National Geographic: Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on Leopard Infanticide


A recent National Geographic article reports on new, rare photos of leopard infanticide captured in Botswana’s Okavango Delta by photographer Ryan Green. Read the article now to learn what Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, had to say about the cause of infanticide in big cats, and the prevalence of this behavior in leopard populations near South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

Read an excerpt from the article here:

Infanticide brings the mothers back into heat, allowing the males to sire their own cubs. "They can't afford to be stepdads," Hunter said. However, Dr. Hunter explains that while this behavior occurs, 'territorial leopard males interact with females and cubs a lot, forming long-term bonds. And once they have their own young, they care for and defend the cubs against other males, making them excellent fathers'

Learn about Panthera’s Munyawana Leopard Project and Faux Leopard Fur Project