Leopard

Leopards can adapt to all sorts of environments. They can be found in tropical rainforests, savannahs and desert areas, in cold mountain chains and even in towns. You can therefore find leopards in a number of places throughout the world.

In the Tree

Leopards stalk their prey until they are five metres away. Then they pounce on it. If they miss the prey, they will only chase after it for fifty metres. Even though they can reach a speed of sixty kilometres per hour, most hunting attempts still fail.

Strong Animal

They grip big prey by the throat and strangle them. They bite smaller ones in the back or neck. Often other predators follow leopards to steal their prey. That's why a leopard hides its prey in a tree. It is so strong that it can even drag a prey that is heavier than itself into a tree.

 

Leopard

Panthera pardus

  • Habitat: A large part of Asia and all over Africa with the exception of the Sahara
  • Food: Eats meat
  • Age: Lives to 20 years old
  • Weight: Weighs 50 kg (females) to 60 kg (males)
  • Young: Has 6 cubs, after a gestation period of 90 to 112 days.
  • Where can I see them?: On the walking safari

Nice to know:

In the tree! When a leopard has caught its prey, it will hide it from other predators. Sometimes its prey is heavier than it is. But a leopard drags everything it catches into a tree to keep it safe.