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Leopard

(Latin = Pantera pardus, Afrikaans = Luiperd, Tswana = Nkwe)

  • Numbers: Fairly high
  • Weight: 30 – 71 kg (66 – 156 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 70 – 80 cm (28 – 32 in.)
  • Pregnancy time: 100 days
  • Cub quantity: Up to 6

Appearance

Leopards have black spots on their bodies, contrasted on a yellow-golden background. They have single black spots on their limbs and head. Their tails are white tipped on the underside. This cat is larger and stockier built than the Cheetah. They are the second largest African Cat and the smallest of the Big Five.

Diet

Leopards generally feed on medium and small antelopes.

Breeding

Leopard cubs are born after a gestation period of three and a half months and cubs can be born any time of the year.

Habitat

The Leopard tolerates variable climatic conditions and occurs in a wide range of habitats.

Hunting

They lie up in hiding during the day and hunt at night. The leopard has exceptional eyesight and hearing. It is most often hunted on bait. An impala hung on a branch in good view from a blind makes an excellent ambush for the leopard. It could be hunted with calibers as light as the .270 or 7mm, in most African countries the .375 remains the lawful minimum caliber. Treat this guy with a lot of respect. A double gun is preferred when hunting for leopard. When wounded it is extremely dangerous.

References

www.krugerpark.co.za

www.africansky.co.za

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