Facts about the Leopard -- Panthera pardus:

A summary of most interesting statistics (size, gestation...), amazing environmental adaptations & fascinating facts about social habits, etc.

SIZE: Shoulder height 75 cm, mass (m) 60 kg, (f) 32 kg

COLOUR: Ground colour is off-white to golden, with black spots on the legs, shoulders, head and hindquarters, and irregular, light-centred 'rosettes' scattered profusely over the back and sides.


MOST LIKE: Leopards are most like the Cheetah, but the leopard is heavily built and has no tear marks from corner of eye to corner of mouth. The leopard's main body markings are rosettes and not solid spots like those of the cheetah.

HABITAT: Leopards have a very wide range of habitat tolerance, from rainforest to semi-desert, including savanna, mountainous areas and rocky hills. See information.


REPRODUCTION & GESTATION PERIOD: The Leopards gestataion period is between 90 - 100 days (3 months).


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Pilanesberg National Park (South Africa)
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park
Addo Elephant National Park
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
Tembe Elephant Park

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