Scientific name: Panthera pardus
Leopards have the largest distribution of any wild cat, occurring widely in Africa as well as eastern and southern Asia.
Leopards are elusive, solitary and largely nocturnal.
They are known for their ability in climbing, and have been observed resting on tree branches during the day
They are very agile, and can run at over 58 kilometers per hour (36 mph), leap over 6 meters (20 ft) horizontally, and jump up to 3 meters (9.8 ft) vertically. They produce a number of vocalizations, including grunts, roars, growls, meows, and purrs.
Leopards are versatile, opportunistic hunters, and have a very broad diet. They feed on a greater diversity.
Rudyard Kipling’s novel The Jungle Book features a black leopard named Bagheera.