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Extremely Rare Black Leopard Captured on Camera in Kenya

Extremely Rare Black Leopard Captured on Camera in Kenya

"Collectively these are the first confirmed images in almost 100 years of black leopard in Africa, and this region is the only known spot in all of Africa to have black leopard". "Steve confirmed that it was true and he had seen several black leopards over the years".

Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas used a special type of camera set up called Camtraptions, which he created to take pictures of the shiest of animals.

The juvenile female was spotted travelling with a larger, normally coloured leopard, presumed to be her mother.

"I had a quick look at the last trap, not expecting to find much", Burrard-Lucas wrote on his blog.

In Kenya, a captive black leopard was photographed in 2013 while other images taken from a helicopter circulated in 2018.

Separately, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas captured high-quality photos of a black leopard there last month.

For us cat lovers, we typically are drawn to the big cats of the wild as well.

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After sharing photographic evidence of his impressive discovery, Burrard-Lucas was confirmed to be the first person to capture an African black leopard on camera in about a century. "I couldn't believe it and it took a few days before it sank in that I had achieved my dream", Burrad-Luca told The Guardian.

On another night, one of his cameras managed to capture the leopard in the light of a full moon, prowling through the darkness.

His team recently published a paper in the African Journal of Ecology on their findings and he coordinated press releases to be timed with Burrard-Lucas' rare photos. "[Scientists] believe these images are the first to show the characteristic rosette pattern on the leopard's coat, thus providing the first scientifically accepted proof in 100 years of a melanistic leopard in Africa".

While the term black panther is a versatile phrase encompassing a number of big cats, it is most commonly used to describe melanistic, or black cats, also known as black leopards. "Most recorded sightings of black leopards have thus been in the forests of Asia".

"It is certain black panthers have been there all along, but good footage that could confirm it has always been absent until now", San Diego institute scientist Nicholas Pilfold wrote on an Instagram post.

Pilfold also pointed out the the location of the sighting is near where Marvel comics located its fictional country Wakanda, home of the character Black Panther.

According to Pilford, only 11 percent of leopards across the globe are black.


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