Rare African black leopard clearly photographed after more than 100 years

Rare African black leopard clearly photographed after more than 100 years

Rare African black leopard clearly photographed after more than 100 years

Early past year, Pilfold and his team placed remote cameras near the conservancy after they heard reports of a possible black leopard, also called a black panther.

Pilfold's team of biologists had placed remote wildlife cameras to track the leopard population near a conservancy in the Laikipia County past year when they heard reports of a possible black leopard sighting.

A wildlife photographer captured stunning images of a rare African black leopard, which would be among the first high-quality photos of such a creature on the continent.

Capturing those pictures was quite a feat, Burrard-Lucas said, and he was frustrated that many outlets missed the point and distorted the story.

It took about four days before he finally got his big break and captured a wild black leopard, an accomplishment that hasn't been equalled in possibly a century.

A black leopard raised in captivity at the The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Johannesburg. He uses the Camtraptions motion sensor to trigger "a high quality DSLR or mirrorless camera and two or three flashes", he told Hyperallergic.

"The next day I eagerly checked the cameras but had no images of leopards", Burrard-Lucas wrote on his website.

A photo of a rare "black panther" has gone viral and it's really fantastic.

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Although there have been reported sightings of the animal in Kenya, "black leopards in Africa are extremely rare". According to San Diego Zoo Global, the spots show up in infrared imagery at night.

The difference, Burrard-Lucas noted, was the evidence needed to make a scientific judgment call.

For those who have watched the famous Black Panther movie, it is easy to think that just seeing the photo of such a attractive creature gives all manner of wakanda vibes.

Melanism is a genetic mutation like albinism, except it leads to a surplus in pigment that turns the fur or skin of an animal black.

"I have never seen a high-quality image of a wild black leopard come out of Africa", he said in a blog post, but then he heard about a sighting at Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya.

He explained that according to some comic lore, the fictional country of Wakanda is typically located in East Africa, which is very close to where this real black cat was found.

"Black panther is a looser term". For example, the researchers noted that a different subspecies of black leopard is much more common than lighter spotted ones in certain parts of Asia. But black leopards are rare in Africa.

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