Leopard

Leopard Average weight of the male 80kg(176lbs) and the female 55kg(121lbs). Shoulder height averages at 71cm(28in) and they have a life expectancy of 18 years.

Identification
It is a strongly build cat with a long tail and fairly big scull in relation to its body size. The coat colour varies from pale yellow to deep golden- brown with black spots, forming rosettes. The chest and belly are white with solid black spots.

Difference between male and female
The male is about 30% larger than the female

Habits
They area very adaptable specie and therefore have the largest distribution of any wild cat specie. Their habitat includes savannah, rainforests ,grasslands, woodlands, reverine forests, rocky hills and mountains.Sufficient shelter is essential for hunting and survival. They are solitary animals except during mating and when the female is raising her cubs. Very elusive, mainly nocturnal, good climbers and will drag their kills up trees and decent from a tree head first .They have very keen senses and are opportunistic hunters with a broad diet that includes insects, reptiles, birds, fish and mammals. To avoid losing theirquarry, leopard will haul their kill high up in a tree or cover it with branches, leaves and grass.

Breeding
Two to four cubs are normally born after a gestation period of 3 months. Birth takes place during any time of the year with the female using caves, crevices amongst rocks or thickets as den. The offspring will remain with their mother until the age of 18 – 24 months

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