Panthera’s Top 5 Leopard Blogs

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Leopard staring

World Leopard Day is a great opportunity to learn about likely the world’s most persecuted big cat species. With territory ranging from West Africa to Northeast Asia, there are countless stories about leopards to absorb. We’re spot-lighting a few of Panthera’s best for you. 

Wild Cats 101: Jaguars vs. Leopards

Jaguar and Leopard

What’s the difference between a jaguar and a leopard? Thankfully, you don’t have to look any further to find the answer to this question. Read our most popular blog ever to learn about the differences between the two species, from home ranges to spot shapes and sizes, there are clear distinctions between the two. Afterward, be sure to spread the word about Panthera by sharing these cat facts with your friends.  

Wild Cats 101: Black Cats and More on Melanism

Black panther

Our second-most popular blog of all time is also about leopards. Get acquainted with black cats around the world — from leopards to jaguars and servals and beyond. Learn about the ecology and biology of these “black panthers” (which are not separate species) and find out where you’re most likely to see one in the wild.  

Why Do Leopards Hoist Their Kills Up Trees?

Leopard in tree
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It may be the most iconic leopard behavior — African leopards carrying their meals up trees. Panthera Leopard Program Director, Dr. Gareth Mann, answers commonly asked questions about this behavior in this very informative blog. Unfortunately for lions and hyenas, leopards developed this behavior to outsmart the competition. Perch yourself among the branches and become immersed in Dr. Mann’s stories. 

Needle in a Haystack: Finding the Elusive Arabian Leopard

Leopard at night

With fewer than 200 individuals remaining in the wild, the Arabian leopard is one of the most Critically Endangered cat subspecies on Earth. Panthera supports the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to survey potential leopard territory in Saudi Arabia and breed the subspecies for eventual reintroduction. Dr. Carolyn Dunford, Panthera Data Analyst, writes about this important work in this blog. Using data from leopards in South Africa, she models where Arabian leopards may live, providing vital research that will help her find “needle in a haystack” Arabian leopards and protect them in the long run. 

The Most Incredible Camera Trap Leopard Photo Ever?

Leopard attack on nyala

Now that’s a picture that really is worth a thousand words. And what a capture it is! A young male leopard in South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve was spotted on camera trap taking down an adult nyala, a large antelope species, in broad daylight. James Tyrrell, a Panthera partner photographer, explains why this photo is so rare as well as the fate of the leopard who made this incredible scene possible. Spoiler alert: nefarious hyenas nearby were up to no good! 

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