Rare black leopard seen in Kenya

Clay Curtis
February 13, 2019

Black Panther has been everywhere in recent years - but spotting one of the animals the famous superhero is named after in the African wilderness is a little more rare.

A wildlife photographer from the United Kingdom has captured images of a black leopard in Kenya.

"Black panthers are iconic creatures and yet very few images of wild black panthers exist".

The mythical creature was captured by British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, 35, while it was prowling around the plains of Kenya in the dead of night with a full moon looming above.

After following leopard tracks through the undergrowth with a guide called Steve, Will settled on a place to set up his Camtraptions camera traps. He checked them and saw multiple photos of hyenas, but not a leopard.

The big cat that he captured was confirmed as a juvenile female, travelling with a larger normally coloured leopard, thought to be its parent.

On the fourth night though, his luck was in. (Supplied) The Camtraptions camera trap used to capture the animal.

"On the second day, we managed to spot the black leopard crossing the road in front of us".

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Black leopards may have been living in Kenya all along, but there's been no footage to confirm the observations until now, Pilfold said. "As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension ... a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness ... a black leopard!" I think when I started this project I didn't actually think I was going to be able to achieve a shot of a black leopard in Africa but that it is exactly what is here on the back of my camera.

While there have been reports of sightings of black leopards the last confirmed observation was in Ethiopia more than a century ago, he said.

"We conclude that melanism in leopards is strongly affected by natural selection, likely driven by efficacy of camouflage and/or thermoregulation in different habitats, along with an effect of moisture that goes beyond its influence on vegetation type", the authors wrote.

"It's kind of like albino but the other way".

The black leopard could also be referred to as a black panther, as this is an umbrella term that simply refers to any big cat that has a black coat.

Most recorded sightings of black leopards have therefore been in the forests of Asia.

Pilfold also pointed out the the location of the sighting is near where Marvel comics located its fictional country Wakanda, home of the character Black Panther.

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