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AFRICAN LEOPARD:


The leopard is one of the most elusive wild cats. They are difficult to spot in the day time, usually because they adapt to hunting at night.

At a glance, one may mistake a leopard for a cheetah. But the two, though bearing a lot of resemblance, are quite different. The leopard is more masculine with their spots being rosette-shaped and covering the whole body. Cheetahs on the other hand are taller and slender, with single large spots.

They are quite small, weighing it at an average of 60 kilos.

Small as they are, these beautiful cats are some of the most versatile when it comes to adapting to their wilderness. They can survive in savannahs, deserts, mountains and rainforests.

DIET:

A leopardís diet usually ranges from small insects, fish, reptiles and other game like the antelopes and zebras.

These nocturnal cats are cunning hunters usually camouflaging themselves and pouncing on their unsuspecting prey at close range.

Famous for their climbing skills, leopards are able to drag their prey up a tree, where they hide it from other predators such as the lions and hyenas.

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