The African Leopard is a Leopard 'subspecies' of Leopard (Panthera pardus) and is a member of the Felidae family and the smallest of the four big cats the other three being the Tiger, African Lion and Jaguar. In total their are nine recognised subspecies of leopard of these subspecies all except the African Leopard can be found in South and Asia as well as India.
The African Leopard is classified as near threatened which is mainly due to habitat loss and the population of this Leopard is definitely on the downward trend.
African Leopards can exhibit great variation in their coat color, this depends quite a lot on the Leopards location and the habitat in which the African Leopard finds itself in but generally the colouring is a pale yellow put can sometimes in exceptional cases be black. African Leopards are pattered with black rosettes while their head and lower limbs as well as their belly are spotted solid black. The male African Leopards are larger than the females and have an average weight of around 60 kg (130 lb). Females weigh in at about 35 to 40 kg (77- 88 lb) is an average.
African Leopards inhabit a wide range of habitats within Sub-Saharan Africa, from high mountainous forests and high plateau grasslands as well as the Savannah, they are however not found in extremely sandy desert area's. African Leopards are most at risk in areas of semi-desert, where resources are scarce, which often results in conflict with farmers and their livestock.
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