Whenever I read an animal’s name and the word ‘century’ in the same line, it is usually bad news. Well, not today! Renowned wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas just caught the most majestic big cat on camera, and we will let the photos do the rest of the talking.
Amazing story. Hard enough to see a leopard in the wild let alone a black onehttps://t.co/d8mP3zt65V
— Daisy Wyatt (@daisy_wyatt) February 13, 2019
Black Leopards have outwardly been spotted in Kenya multiple times over the last decade but never been clicked. Will believes that these are the first high-res shots of the bloodsucker. These were shot at the Laikipia Wilderness camp in Kenya. In the days preceding the click, he set up camera traps in locations in places where the black leopard was likely to pass, though, he was not very optimistic…
So that’s wildlife photographer of the year decided then https://t.co/FqKZF1OsmJ
— Nick Mitchell (@NickMitchell) February 13, 2019
As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension … a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness … a black leopard! I couldn’t believe it and it took a few days before it sank in that I had achieved my dream.
The last confirmed observation with photographic evidence was in #Ethiopia more than a century ago. African black leopard photographed for the first time in over 100 years, scientist says @CNNTravel https://t.co/jVnfrIMAQb
— Fassil Gebretsadik, CFA (@fassila) February 13, 2019
The leopard ache from a case of skin –disorder, where the skin develops a dark-colored pigment. This is the opposite of fair haired, where the pigments are entirely missing. As opposed to contrary belief, this leopard will indeed not be able to concealment in the African savannah, making it far more grueling for her to hide from her prey. The young female leopard was spotted with her mother, which implies that the unique coloration has not affected her familial bonding, which is a common eventuality for differently-colored animals.
Gorgeous cat, beautiful photographs – incredibly rare black leopard photographed for first time in 100 years https://t.co/783e3YdlEW
— Lewis Smith (@catonthehill) February 13, 2019
A incredibly rare African black leopard was photographed in Kenya for the first time in a century https://t.co/uWF5uUtaqd
— Dangerous Jennifer Jeckles #GTTO #JC4PM2019 (@JenniferJeckles) February 14, 2019
The African black panther was caught on camera for the first time in over a century. Biologists photographed and videotaped the rare, elusive cat—also known as a black leopard—in Kenya. https://t.co/0SDUn2PL6N
— Dennis Futoryan (@dfutoryan) February 14, 2019