The leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull, but it’s an extremely strong and agile cat. It kills its prey and hoists it up a tree where it can feed for days undisturbed by hyena and, most time, lion. It can lift two to three times its own body weight and to see one with its prey climbing a tree is a very rare privilege. The females are territorial and the males roam between these territories, in search of females ready for mating.
Leopards are agile and stealthy predators. Although smaller than other members of the Panthera genus, they are able to take larger prey due to their massive skulls that facilitate powerful jaw muscles. Body length is between 95 and 165 cm, and the tail reaches 60 to 110 cm. Shoulder height is 45 to 80 cm. The muscles attached to the scapula are exceptionally strong, which enhance their ability to climb trees. Males are about 30% larger than females, weighing 30 to 91 kg, compared to 23 to 60 kg for females.
Leopards are elusive, solitary and largely nocturnal. Home ranges for male between 30 and 78 square kilometre, and females 15 to 16 square kilometres. There appears to be no overlap of territories between the males but there is an overlap with the females.
The Kill is wedged in the tree where the leopard can feed on the carcass, Hopefully out of reach of a brave lion that might attempt to climb a tree.
A female on the charge through the shrub, notice her difference head size to the male above.
Last photo courtesy of Son-in-law.
Just breathtaking … beautiful captures of one of the most beautiful creatures on earth. Fantastic job, Rob.
I so agree with you on that, not only beautiful, but dangerously powerful… may be that’s what I love about them…
I saw an amazing program about them … when I visit my mom once – she had all those animal channels.
Their worst enemy is the lions .. they knick their captures. And also that if they don’t stop running their brain will overheat and they die. So beautiful to see them running.
I cannot get enough of your cat photos Bulldog. This may be one of my favorites! 🙂
Thanks LuAnn… one of my favourite cats as well
Fabulous photos – what a magnificent creature. Thank you.
Thank you Brenda…
The last shot is fantastic!
Thanks Elisa… pity it was SiL that captured that one…
These animals are amazing! I love the information and the photos. Your son-in-law follows in your photographic genius footsteps 😉
I do my best to emulate his photography skills… he is good… thanks Dianne…
Spectacular photos Bulldog, absolutely love these and your wonderful write ups. What an amazing shot by your son-in-law too!
Just to let you know too, I’ve nominated you for the Linda Mad Hatter Jesters Award, although I’m not sure you ‘do’ awards or not. It’s my way of saying how much I love your blog and enjoy your posts. Your funny posts always bring a huge smile to my heart and it is with this sentiment that I wanted to send this award your way. Here is the link so you can take a look! Congratulations Bulldog, you deserve it 🙂 http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2014/02/18/award-part-two-fun-and-flowers-to-brighten-the-day/
Thanks Sherri for the complement on the post and also for the nomination for an award, I commented on your post that I don’t do awards… too stupid… but I do save them, so for that I thank you…
Yes, absolutely Bulldog no problem, just wanted to tell you I think you and your blog are awesome 🙂
Such beautiful animals. Gorgeous photos. I didn’t know they brought their kill into trees. Very interesting.
Thanks Maralee… they are such powerful animals… frighten me more than a lion does, even though they are so much smaller… I’d face a lion before I’d face a leopard…
I don’t think I’d want to come face to face with either of them. But they sure are beautiful to look at.
What a glorious animal and awesome shots!
Beautiful animals bulldog! Love the photos and commentary, also part of your book?
No just the photos… thanks Diana..
Thanks TBM… don’t know if you went to Mpaathutlwa Mabuasehube when you were in Botswana, going there in April… one can easily share the camp with lion and/or leopard, no facilities, poop in a hole and don’t bother to shower cause there isn’t one… what a way to live…
Stunning. Just stunning!
Wow!!! Awesome, awesome shots :). They sure are beautiful creatures.
That they are… loved the Dude comment…
LOL!! I think I’ve picked that up from TBM :).
As usual, the pictures are amazing. I didn’t know that they pulled their kill up into the tree …. learn something new everyday! where did you manage to take such impressive pictures?
These are in the Kruger National Park… a favourite place of mine… although I think it could change… we are heading to a place called Mpaathutlwa.. Mabuasehube where lion and leopard could easily be your camp companion… exciting… this is in Botswana in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park…
wow – that sounds like an amazing trip. No wonder you are excited!! Looking forward to the posts 🙂
They are so beautiful…but I’d definitely prefer never to run into one in the dark.
I’m with you on that one…
Ah shame that bokkie has a serious tummy ache!
That is for sure… needs a vet…
Great to see the photos of the leopard in its natural environment. And I always enjoy reading your snippets of knowledge and information.
Fab post, great pictures and so interesting! Thanks!
These are absolutely incredible!!!! I cannot wait to share them with the kids. The photos…the stats…an incredible post!! It amazes me that you live in such a place; you truly are blessed, Bulldog!! Thank you for sharing that great blessing with us. I know to my family it has meant a lot! Knowing the person who has taken the photos changes things greatly somehow in a child’s mind. You are accessible, so the world becomes accessible, too. I hope that makes sense–just woke up. 🙂
Thank you, Bulldog!
Thank you Skye… it does make sense… there are a few DVD’s we watch of animals, that we know the film makers, somehow it just makes those films more alive… thanks for the complement… glad the kids enjoy the photos, might encourage them to travel here one day…
It is definitely on our bucket list. 🙂 Think I will have to sell at least one book first, though. lol Hope you and Linda are having a great week so far!!
Accipicchia che foto, sono fenomenali, wowwwwwwwwwwwww
Grazie anche per tutte le informazioni, molto interessanti.
Un salutone, Pat
Thanks Pat… I appreciate the complement….
WOW. What photos! Just absolutely gorgeous and show us the actual life of the leopard. I could only dream of getting that close. These really are fine photographs, Rob. You’ve got rock-steady nerves to hold the camera still enough to compose and shoot these kinds of images of a leopard, NOT your garden variety Putty Tat…. 🙂
Not the type of cat that I’d stroke George… but thank you for the complement…
They are beautiful creatures. I love all cats. 🙂
Thanks Michelle… I particularly love the leopard, maybe because one doesn’t see them that often…
I have said this before and I repeat it again: Move over National Geographic, Bulldog is in town. Stunning just stunning photoshoot of this animal manifique..! Gold medal award to Bulldog.
Zita you are such a treat to have as a follower… you always make my day… thank you…
Do you see what I mean? Your photos, your life…extraordinary.
Thank you Cindy… I do find every now and then I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming what I see… lol
Very impressive pictures…..I am just amazed by it all!
Thank you Gay… glad you enjoyed…
PS – they need a “love” button not just a “like” !
I do agree with you on that.. so many blogs I follow I feel I need to hit the like button ten times but it won’t allow it… lol
wow – I did not know all that about the leopard – you are a mine of information as well as a talented photographer. It would seem it runs in the family also as great shot by your son-in-law too – bit of competition there eh! Healthy competition of course – and you are currently winning 🙂 (don’t know how to do the winking face……)
He is much better at it than I am… this photo I pinched from him, you should see his work an absolute professional… but thank you from both of us,,,
Fantastic! This may be my favorite of all of your great posts that I’ve seen so far. I love these photos, including the one your grandson took. Well done, bulldog!
Thanks Russ… very kind of you to say…