LEOPARD SIGHTINGS are a regular occurrence here at Royal, which is an incredible statement to make because they are notoriously the most elusive and secretive of the large felids. 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.
* Images taken by guests staying at Royal Zambezi Lodge