10 Things You May Not Know About The Leopard

For many on an African Safari, the leopard is one of the most exciting animals to see on a game drive. These beautiful predators are phenomenal hunters, able to lift heavy prey into a tree for safe keeping.

Here are ten facts on leopards that you many not know:

 

1. Pound for pound they are the most powerful of all the cats, and have the ability to hoist a carcass of up to 50kg into a tree. However, they are the smallest of the “big cats”.

2. Leopards can leap up to 6 meters horizontally and 3 meters vertically.

3. Just like domestic cats leopards will purr when they are content and growl when they are angry. Their contact call sounds very similar to the sound of sawing wood.

4. Of all the big cats, leopards have the widest diversity in habitat and can learn to adapt to almost any given environment. Their habitats including rainforests, deserts, woodlands, grassland savannas, forests, mountain habitats, coastal scrubs, shrub lands and swampy areas.

5. They are found throughout Subsaharan Africa, as well as in Russia, China, India, Sri Lanka and in Southwest Asia.

6. Not only in Africa but in many countries across the world, throughout history leopards have been represented in artwork, mythology and folklore.

7. Leopards can hear five times better that us humans.

8. Leopards have truly astonishing navigation powers and an incredibly strong built-in homing device. This ability makes it very tricky to relocate these animals when they have become a problem near human dwellings, as they often will return to these areas.

9. Their diet can include a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles.

10. Leopards often pluck their prey before feeding. Using their incisors they will remove feathers or fur from their meal before settling down to enjoy the tastier bits of meat.

 

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