Leopard

Where can I see the Leopard

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Uriel-soberanes
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A Leopard is a large feline covered with a coat of spotted fur. Its short legs and long body make it easy to distinguish from other cats. The leopard's tail is the longest compared to its body size, and is used for balance.

Another characteristic that differentiates the Leopard from other big cats is its sleek, lithe shape. Despite being built for speed, it has a strong muscular build which makes them agile hunters in trees as well as on ground.

Leopards live mostly in warm climates such as African Savanna or Indian forest, preferring a habitat with dense vegetation where they can easily stalk their prey and hide from predators or human hunters. They are nocturnal animals and hunt at night when their prey is less wary because they have not yet adapted to the darkness.

Because it is a solitary animal, leopards are also difficult to track. This is because they leave very little trace behind after spending time in an area, thus making it easy for them to stay hidden from their prey and potential predators. Leopards have no natural enemies except humans, but they are affected by habitat loss as well as loss of prey (mainly due to hunting). Although this situation does not appear dire right now, conservationists remain vigilant of possible future implications of human activities on these big cats.

Animal population
75,000
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IUCN Classification
Vulnerable (VU)
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Geeky Facts about the Leopard

Fact 1

They can run at speeds of up to 36 miles (58km) per hour.

Fact 2

They hunt mostly at night and lounge around during the day.

Fact 3

The spots on leopards are distinctive and unique to each animal and are called ‘rosettes’.

Tours where I can see the Leopard

Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya

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Kenya
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
4 - Demanding

10 days from

£2,290 / person

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Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

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Tanzania
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
1 - Easy

5 days from

£1,175 / person

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Julien Laporte
Julien Laporte

Julien Laporte

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Tanzania
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
4 - Demanding

11 days from

£3,060 / person

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Kenya Safari
Kenya Safari

Kenya Safari

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Kenya
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
1 - Easy

4 days from

£995 / person

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