Leopards (Panthera pardus) are agile and solitary big cats found across various habitats in Africa and Asia.
Here are some basics:
- Leopards are medium-sized cats with a distinctive rosette pattern on their fur. They weigh around 30 to 80 kilograms and can grow up to 1.3 to 1.9 meters in length, including the tail.
- They are adaptable and inhabit a wide range of environments, including forests, savannas, and mountains. They are highly elusive and excellent climbers, often resting in trees during the day.
- Leopards are solitary hunters, preying on a variety of animals like antelopes, monkeys, and smaller mammals. They are powerful and stealthy, relying on ambush tactics for hunting.
Leopards face threats such as habitat loss, poaching for their fur and body parts, and human-wildlife conflict.
They are listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List due to declining populations.