African Leopard

Panthera Pardus

African Leopard

Weight: Males ±70kg, Females ±60kg's
Longevity: 12-15 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity. 

Behavior

Leopards are both diurnal and nocturnal, both most active in the early mornings and evenings. 

African leopards are extremely shy animals, they favor riverine forest, and dense bush vegetation which makes them one the most difficult animals to find in the wild.

Both male and females have territories, the males territory is much larger and overlaps multiple females territories.

Social Structure

African leopards are solitary animals, only meeting for territory confrontations, and mating. However mothers are found living with their young.

Diet

Leopards are carnivorous animals, favoring small to medium sized prey.

Leopards rely on stealth while hunting, they stalk close to their prey and ambush it from a close distance, they have also been known to hunt vertically, pouncing out of trees onto their unsuspecting prey.

Leopards have extremely strong necks and are able to carry their prey into trees to keep out of reach of other predators.

Breeding

They breed throughout the year, usually giving birth to 2-3 cubs. The gestation period lasts for up to 3,5 months.