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Leopard Facts for Kids

  • Common Name: Leopard
  • Binomial Name: Panthera pardus
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Felidae
  • Habitat Range: Africa and Asia
  • Diet: Carnivorous (Meat)
  • First Appeared: 2 and 3.5 million years ago

23 Leopard Facts For Kids

  1. The leopard is a large cat of the Panthera genus in the Felidae family.
  2. Panthera pardus is the binomial name for the leopard.
  3. Taxonomist Carl Linnaeus was the first person to scientifically describe the leopard in 1758.
  4. The modern-day leopard is believed to have evolved between 500,000 and 800,000 years ago.
  5. You can easily identify a leopard by its fur coat, which is golden-yellowish with dark rosette spots.
  6. The habitat range for the leopard is parts of Africa and Asia.
  7. The leopard prefers grasslands, rainforests, savannas, and woodlands as its habitat.
  8. There are less than 20,000 leopards living in Africa and Asia according to the Cat Specialist Group.
  9. Due to the leopard’s population decline from hunting and habitat loss the IUCN classifies them as a vulnerable species.
  10. The leopard is carnivorous and eats almost exclusively meat.
  11. The leopard has a diet that consists mostly of medium-sized prey that weighs between 22 and 88 pounds.
  12. The leopard stalks its prey, usually at night, and attempts to get as close as possible before striking.
  13. Leopards are not very social, with male leopards being observed distancing themselves by 0.62 miles.
  14. Female leopards stay with their cubs until their about two years old.
  15. Leopards are gender dimorphic with males being larger than females.
  16. An adult male leopard weighs between 81 and 199 pounds.
  17. An adult male leopard has a shoulder height between 23 and 28 inches.
  18. An adult female leopard weighs between 61 and 133 pounds.
  19. An adult female leopard has a should height between 22 and 26 inches.
  20. The average running speed of a leopard is between 35 and 37 miles per hour.
  21. The average leopard can leap up to 20 feet.
  22. The average leopard can jump up to 10 feet into the air.
  23. The average lifespan of a leopard is between 10 and 12 years, but in captivity a leopard can live 20 or more years.

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Leopard Pictures

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the below images will be helpful for your research on leopards. Below are three pictures of various leopard species. These pictures should help you better understand what a leopard looks like.

The Leopard Panthera Pardus

A picture of the leopard panthera pardus.

A Group Of Leopards

A picture of a group of leopards.

Leopard In A Tree

A picture of a leopard in a tree.

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