Published September 13, 2019 | Animal Knowledge, Animals

Leopards are one of the many subspecies in the big cat’s family. We’re pretty sure you’ve read about them in school or seen them on the internet, but just how much do you really know about them? In this article, we’ll highlight some of their interesting facts and quirks!

 

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Black Spots

Did you know that their black spots have a name? Their distinct spots are called Rosettes because they actually do resemble the shape of a rose petal!

 

Protective Mothers

Female Leopards typically give birth to two baby cubs. She’ll protect the cubs at all costs by hiding them and constantly moving their homes until they are old enough to fend for themselves, which can take up to 2 years!

 

Versatile Hunters

Leopards can hunt in a wide variety of terrain, ranging from tall grass, trees and even in water. They are very capable hunters with their spotted coat acting as camouflage when they stalk prey in the wild. Additionally, they like to drag their meal up to tree branches to avoid it from being eaten by scavengers such as Hyenas.

 

Adaptable Cats

Leopards are known as the most adaptable cat species in the cat family! They can adapt their diet, and live in a wide variety of environments – evidenced by the different type of Leopards in the wild! Their adaptability is supported by their well-rounded survival and hunting skills. Also, another interesting fact is that Leopards are considered to be the youngest cat species, emerging as recently as 500,000 years ago.

Bali Safari Park is home to the Javan Leopard (Panthera pardus melas), it is a Leopard that is endemic to the island of Java. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) currently lists the Javan Leopard as Critical Endangered. However, you can still visit them here in Bali Safari!

You can also learn more about our different wildlife conservation efforts while you’re here!