Facts About Leopards

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  • Leopards are part of the cat family, Felidae. The scientific name for a leopard is Panthera pardus.
  • Leopards are strong.They are able to climb trees, even when carrying heavy prey, and often choose to rest on tree branches during the day.
  • Leopards are renowned for their agility. They run up to 58km/h and can leap 6m horizontally and 3m vertically.
  • Adult leopards are solitary animals. Each adult leopard has its own territory where it lives and, although they often share parts of it, they try to avoid one another.
  • The leopard is the most elusive and secretive of the large felids. They are extremely difficult to trace and locate in the wild.
  • Leopards tend to have distinctive dark spots called rosettes, which create beautiful patterns against their otherwise light fur. Black leopards however have dark fur which makes it difficult to see the spots.
  • Leopards have the widest range of habitats of all the big cats. This adaptability has allowed them to survive in various different geographic areas.
  • Female leopards give birth to a little of two or three cubs at a time. By the time a cub is two years old it will leave the company of its mother and live on their own.
  • Leopards are found throughout most of Africa and Asia from the middle east to the Soviet Union, Korea, China, India, and Malaysia. Leopards live in a variety of habitats including forests, mountains, grassland and deserts.
  • Leopards are strong swimmers and very much at home in the water, where they sometimes eat fish or crabs.

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