African Leopard

Panthera pardus

At the zoo
We have a male African leopard named Mowgli. Mowgli’s habitat is particularly interesting because it was designed with the help of a group of middle school girls as part of the “Magic Mowgli Project”. This purpose of this project was to boost young girls’ interest in math and science.

4.25-6.25 ft
65-200 lbs

Wild: 7-9 years
Captivity: 15-20 years

Leopards are carnivores, and they hunt a variety of different prey species.

Leopards are found throughout Africa. They are adaptable and can be found in different habitats including forests and grasslands.


Did you know?

  • Leopards are very capable climbers. They are strong enough to carry large prey up into trees to keep it safe from scavengers such as hyenas. Leopards are also strong jumpers and can leap up to 20 feet horizontally.
  • Their spots are called “rosettes”. Rosettes serve as effective camouflage so they can easily hide while hunting at night and resting during the day.
  • Leopards tend to be solitary and have a distinct barking territorial call. These big cats also mark their territory using urine and tree scratching.