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.
Wild: 7-9 years
Captivity: 15-20 years
4.25 - 6.25 ft
65 - 200 lbs
Leopards are mostly solitary
Name of Young
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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