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Fun Facts

Leopards sometimes drag their prey into trees to stop other animals from eating it.
Just like domesticated cats, Leopards will growl when angry and purr when content.
The pattern of spots on a Leopard is unique like a fingerprint.
Leopards can run at speeds of 58 miles per hour!
Leopards are nocturnal animals, meaning they are most active during the night. They spend most of their days resting.


LATIN NAME: Panthera pardus

STATUS: Vulnerable (VU)

MATURE POPULATION:  Estimates in South Africa are between 5 000 and 11 000 animals, with populations decreasing globally.

HEIGHT: 60-70 m 

WEIGHT: 35-60 kg

LIFESPAN: 10 – 12 years

HABITAT: Deserts, Semi-Deserts, Grasslands, Mountains

Leopards historically existed within most of the African and Asian continent. African Leopards populations and ranges have decreased due to pressures from humans, poaching and loss of habitat. In North Africa, Leopards ranges have decreased by 97%, leaving only small, fragmented populations left.

Leopards are a part of the same family as cats, often referred to as big cats. They have very distinctive coats of pale fur with black spots grouped in shapes which look similar to roses called “rosettes”.