Leopard

Leopard

Leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. It is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas.

Leopards also stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in the tall grass. These night-time predators are strong swimmers and very much at home in the water, where they sometimes eat fish or crabs.

Female leopards can give birth at any time of the year. They usually have two grayish cubs with barely visible spots. Most leopards are light colored with unique dark spots that are called rosettes, because they resemble the shape of a rose.