LEOPARDS

LeopardJulian Starks Photography

LEOPARDS can run up to 35 mph, jump forward 20 ft and leap 10 ft into the air, and their ears can hear 5 times more sounds than a human ear, making them outstanding hunters. They are the only natural predator to both chimpanzees and gorillas. Leopards are the most widespread and adaptable of all big cats. Strong and comfortable in thick vegetation and trees, leopards often hunt and drag their kill up into the trees in order to keep it away from other competitors and scavengers.

 

POPULATION STATUS ENDANGERED: Leopards are classified as vulnerable by the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species. This listing is due to their declining population, which is caused by habitat loss and hunting. Leopards have lost 66% of their African range to human expansion.