The African leopard standing on a hill looking directly into our eyes. The descending African sun is casting the leopard’s shadow on the ground. Behind the leopard are a thick green brush and long grass. As you can see in the wildlife photograph, the leopard curls slightly its tail up while looking directly into our eyes. Its tail has multiple functions, including showcasing its mood, used for communicating, displaying irritation, and used in mating rituals and movements (climbing and balancing).
We compare lions with leopards. Indeed leopards like to swim, and lions do not like water. Their forelimbs are also much stronger than that of a lion. Leopards can survive without water for long periods. In the Kalahari, for example, leopards will eat succulent fruit like tsamas because of their moisture content. Undoubtedly these magnificent predators are the subject of movies, legends, and folk tales. Finding them in captivity is a common occurrence. Unlike other large cats, leopards have shorter legs than many other species. Furthermore, their body is long, and they have relatively large skull. In this wildlife photograph, the African leopard standing on a hill shows a common tactic for predators to spot prey. They will find higher ground to scan the environment to lock their sights on a target.
The leopard, Panthera pardus, is in the category vulnerable on the IUCN red list.
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