Leopard - one of the four big cats

Leopard As part of the big cats, the leopard's size ranges from one to almost two meters! The leopard (Panthera pardus) thanks its name to people who considered it a hybrid between a lion (leo) and a panther (pard)... There is a lot of misconception and mistakes when keeping jaguars, panthers and leopards apart. This is because in different parts of the world they mean different things... In fact, a "panther" can be any of several species of large felid. In North America panther means puma and in South America a panther is a jaguar. Elsewhere in the world a panther is a leopard. There are about 30 subspecies of leopards (one, the Zanzibar leopard is extinct) and some of them are endangered: the Anatolian (maybe even extinct), Barbary, Amur, North Chinese, and South Arabian leopards are all critically endangered.Did you know there have been strange hybrids of puma's and leopards in the past (around 1900), they were called Pumapards

Keywords: white , black

The Leopard is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the leopard
A young / baby of a leopard is called a 'cub'. The females are called 'leopardess' and males 'leopard'. A leopard group is called a 'leap or lepe'.
Some facts about the
Leopard

Adult weight : 53.75 kg (118.25 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 27 years

Female maturity :937 days

Male maturity : 771 days

Gestation : 97 days

Weaning : 110 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 1

Interval between litters : 444 days

Weight at birth : 0.55 kg (1.21 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 1.94 kg (4.268 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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