Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Near Threatened (NT)
Large feline with black-orange/tan rosette spots on yellow-tan body, solid black spots on legs, and head. Tail is half of body length with rosette spots and a white tip.
||20-90kg (male) 17-60kg (female)
||160-210cm length, 70-80cm shoulder height.
Normally solitary animals except for when pairs come together for mating or when a female is raising cubs. They are mostly nocturnal, although they can be active during daylight hours during cooler times. Territories are marked and defended from other leopards, however, a males territory may overlap with several females’. Territory sizes can range from 10 square kilometers to several hundred square kilometers.
Leopards are solitary animals, other than during mating and raising young.
||Year round with a peak in the rain season
|Number of offspring
||2-3 weighing around 0.5kg
Wide habitat tolerance, from mountains to coastal plains; will adapt to high rainfall areas and arid environments. Leopards need areas of dense cover for protection and concealment.
Broad diet including insects up to medium and large antelope such as oryx and young kudu. Food is sometimes stored and cached under bushes, between rocks, or in trees out of reach of other predators and scavengers such as hyena.
Leopards may fall victim to lions, spotted hyenas, and wild dogs, but primary predators are humans.
Leopard at Naankuse sites