Leopard ( Panthera pardus )
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The Leopard is found in Africa and some parts of Asia. It inhabits various areas ranging from mountains to lowlands and from tropical forests to deserts. Some species were even found in the Himalayas.
It has got agile body, furís colour varies from yellow to brown depending on the region while throat, chest belly and medial size of limbs are white. On the body there are couple of dark spots. It is approximately 1.5 metres long and weighs 30-90 kg.
As a carnivore Panthera pardus feeds on jackals, gazelles, storks, fish, rodents, apes as well as carrion. In case it does not eat the prey at once it stores it especially in the trees where no one can steal it. Leopards breed all year round and the female leopard usually gives birth to 2 cubs. After small cubs are born their mother takes care of them. Adult animals tend to be nocturnal and solitary animals. When preying they use their well developed hearing, perfect night vision and last but not least agile and muscular body.
The leopards are considered to be endangered animals mainly because of their habitat destruction and valuable fur.