This is an African Leopard, photo taken by Wikipedia user JanErkamp

The African leopard is a great adapter. They can survive in a large variety of places due to the fact of decreasing habitat, and will live pretty much anywhere, although not including extremely sandy desert.They survive the best in undisturbed rainforest. Most african leopards live in southern Africa, but some live more North.

These cats are unique, having a color from pale yellow to deep gold, with black rosettes and dots splattered all over. Males weigh 50-190 pounds, and females weigh from 38 pounds to 132 pounds. They are between 5-7 feet long, and have a shoulder height of 20-30 inches.

African Leopards aren’t very picky eaters. Their diet includes insects, birds, fish, dassies, monkeys, rodents, antelope, baboons, and will even eat livestock if they can’t find anything else to eat. After they hunt, they will drag their food up into a tree and eat it there, to keep it away from hyenas and lions. They also have been known to eat rotten meat.

This animal is usually solitary, and only will let another leopard in it’s territory to mate. Their gestation period lasts about three months, after which 1-3 cubs are born. The cubs are hidden for about 2 months to protect them from hyenas and baboons, and after 4 months they are taken to hunt. The cubs stay with the parents for about 2 years.

Leopards are nocturnal creatures. They usually sleep in trees or caves because of midday heat. But although they are nocturnal, if they can’t find food in the night they will sometimes hunt during day.

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