Leopard is one of the most adaptable of all species in Africa, surviving where many other species can not. Being very shy and secretive there is often no obvious sign of their presence unless they start to kill domestic animals. They prey on any thing from mice to Kudu and Wildebeest. They are also scavengers and will readily feed on any carrion that they find. Leopards are well known for their taste for dog flesh and will often take domestic dogs as prey. In rare cases Leopards have become man-eaters preying mainly on women and small children. If a Leopard is cornered, they will charge and only a fatal bullet will stop him. When the Leopard charges he will come in low and without a sound, and because he is so well camouflaged, it is very difficult to pick him up before he gets to you. 450 bushmaster ammo

Appearance:

Leopards have black spots arranged in rosettes, contrasted on a yellow-golden background. They have single black spots on their limbs and head. Their tails are white tipped on the underside. This Cat is larger and stockier built than the Cheetah. Their head and body length is 1.6 – 2.1 m, and the tail is 0.68-1.1 m.

Females are smaller and weigh 17-60 Kg whereas males weigh 20-90 Kg. Their standing height is 700-800 mm at the shoulders. This nocturnal predator is the second largest of Africa’s large Cats.

Diet:

A varied diet ensures that the Leopard is able to adjust to just about anything. Although Leopards generally feed on medium and small antelopes, they have also have been known to feed on Hyrax, Baboon, Fox, fish and reptiles. There are even accounts of Leopards living off a diet of insects and rodents in times of scarcity. Leopards are so adaptable that they have even been known to survive on the outskirts of towns and villages.

Breeding:

Young are born any time of the year as they are non-seasonal breeders. Leopard cubs are born after a gestation period of three and a half months and females usually give birth to two or three cubs in hidden lairs of natural holes or thick bush. The Leopard mother takes great care to hide the cubs from predators like Lion, Cheetah and Hyena, who would jump at the chance to make an easy meal of the cubs. Cubs stay with the mother for at least a year, during which time they learn the ways of the wild and how to survive on their own.