So, next up in the requested zoo shots, we have
who requested a shot of a leopard... Well, here you are!
In spite of the harm inflicted on the wild populations of big cats, the leopard has shown to be remarkably resilient.
While it's population in Asia (particularly subspecies like the persian and amur) is nowhere near as strong as it once was, it's population in sub-Saharan Africa likely holds the best chance for the species' survival.
Long hunted as a valuable trophy animal and prized for it's coat, the leopard holds an important place in some Asian and much of African folklore.
The Zande warriors of central Africa historically used the hunting of a leopard in the bush as a training exercise. No easy task.
As one of the fastest and most agile of the four big cat species, the leopard enjoys a reputation for swift deadliness.
Statistically and historically, the leopard has taken far more human lives than the tiger or lion.
Author and big game hunter Kenneth Anderson once described the true power of the leopard;
"Although examples of such animals are comparatively rare, when they do occur they depict the panther [leopard] as an engine of destruction quite equal to his far larger cousin, the tiger. Because of his smaller size he can conceal himself in places impossible to a tiger, his need for water is far less, and in veritable demoniac cunning and daring, coupled with the uncanny sense of self preservation and stealthy disappearance when danger threatens, he has no equal."
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