African Leopard

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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.

Scientific Name
Panthera pardus


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

4.25 - 6.25 ft

Average Weight
65 - 200 lbs

Group Size
Leopards are mostly solitary

Name of Young

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We Are:Vulnerable
Leopards are threatened by habitat loss and poaching.

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.
  • 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.
  • Leopards are capable of adapting to different habitats and hunt a variety of prey including antelope, small-medium sized mammals, rodents, birds, snakes, and even fish

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