The leopard is the quintessential cat: stealthy, secretive and adaptable. It is able to exist in virtually all habitats from hyper-arid desert massifs in the Sahara to the dense equatorial forests of central Africa - the only African cat that occurs in both. The leopard eats prey ranging from dung beetles to wildebeest, and survives on domestic dogs near major cities; it can drink water from thermal springs and traverse Kilimanjaro’s snowline. However, all this adaptability comes at a price - the leopard occupies a conservation blind-spot, and is rarely thought of as threatened or needing conservation action. But the species has lost over 35% of its historic range in Africa and far more again throughout Asia.
We love this photo of a leopard and her cub, taken by partner and talented wildlife photographer, Brett Pearson, because their tails seem to form a heart! This photo was taken in South Africa’s Phinda Private Game Reserve, home to Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project, founded by Panthera President, Dr Luke Hunter.
Learn more about Panthera’s leopard conservation work through the Munyawana Leopard Project.
Enjoy our photo of the day of an inquisitive leopard, taken in South Luangwa Natl Park, Zambia, by our partner, William Burrard-Lucas using a remote controlled 'BeetleCam' or buggy with a camera on top! See more unique BeetleCam photos of African wildlife. Learn about Panthera's leopard conservation work in South Africa.
Can you spot the adorable little leopard cub in our photo of the day? This photo was taken in South Africa's Phinda Private Game Reserve by Panthera's Media Director, Steve Winter, who visited Phinda in the summer of 2012 to document the leopard conservation work being carried out through Panthera's Munyawana Leopard Project.
Enjoy our photo of the day of a leopard resting in a tree in Botswana’s Mombo Concession. These beautiful big cats are adept climbers and often hoist prey up trees to avoid kleptoparasitism, when animals steal prey or food from another.
Learn more cool facts about the leopard and how Panthera is working to protect them through the Munyawana Leopard Project.
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:
Enjoy our photo of the day of a leopard resting in a tree in South Africa. Did you know that leopards can hoist prey weighing up to 91kg (200lbs) up trees to avoid the risk of it being stolen by other predators?
Learn more cool facts about the leopard and how Panthera is working to protect this beautiful big cat through the Munyawana Leopard Project.
Thanks to a contribution from an anonymous donor and the generosity of our partners at Animal Works, Panthera is pleased to offer our supporters an opportunity to win a leopard print scooter while supporting Panthera’s wild cat conservation programs!
Unlikely adoption among animals, both wild and domestic, make for lighthearted and exceedingly popular news stories. Admittedly or not, most of us have gushed over viral videos and photos showing both inter and intraspecies adoptions, such as domestic dogs who have adopted orphaned piglets, or lionesses who have assumed responsibility for the young of another pride member.