African Leopard Facts for Kids

The African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) is a subspecies of a leopard which lives in the sub-Saharan Africa. As is typical of leopards, the African leopard has dark tawny-colored coat. There are several black spots which are spread all over its coat.

African Leopard Facts

Adult males weigh up to 130 pounds while females average 77 – 88 pounds. The maximum weight in males is about 201 pounds.

African leopards make homes in a wide variety of habitats such as savannas, grasslands, rainforest, desert habitats, and mountainous forests but they usually avoid sandy deserts. The African leopard’s habitat is found at an altitude of 18,700 feet above the sea level.

african leopard factsThe African leopard eats dung beetles, ungulates, arthropods, hyraxes, elands, antelopes, hares, birds, rodents, Thomson’s gazelles, wildebeest, giraffes, warthogs, mongoose, guinea fowls, dik-dik, zebras, genets, porcupines, jackal, reedbuck, steenbok, and pangolins.

Leopards generally become active all night long from sunset to sunrise. The leopard cubs also seem to be quite active at night alongside their parents.

The overall population of African leopards is Vulnerable.

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