Royal guests and staff were surprised and privileged to see a leopard kill in camp just this week and another one walked right through camp at 10am! Unbelievable!
Fast Facts about this powerful big cat:
- Leopards are astoundingly strong. Pound for pound they are the strongest of the big cats.
- They are able to climb trees, even when carrying heavy prey, and often choose to rest on tree branches during the day.
- Leopards are renowned for their agility. They can run at a maximum of around 58km/h and can leap 6m horizontally and 3m vertically.
- They are also very strong swimmers.
- Leopards are predominantly solitary animals with large territories.
- They mark their ranges with urine and leave claw marks on trees to warn others to stay away.
- They have various vocalisations such as a rasping cough which they utter to announce their presence to other leopards.
- Leopards tend to have two or three cubs per gestation.
- Cubs stay with their mother for about 2 years.
- Cubs suckle for around 3 months and are kept hidden for about the first 8 weeks to protect them from predators.