• Used to be thought to be a combination of a lion and a panther
  • Panthers have longer tails than leopards
  • One of the 4 “big cats” (behind tiger, lion, and jaguar)
  • Black panthers are a type of leopard that produce more black pigment
  • Found in Africa and Asia
  • Very rare in some areas
  • Habitat loss and hunting are responsible for reduced numbers of leopards
  • Can go undetected even in close proximity because of their camoflage and stealth