An African black leopard also known as ‘Black Panther’ has been spotted in Kenya for the first time in 100 years.
Some Biologists said to have captured the rare footage of the big cat walking majestically in Kenya, apparently making it the first time the animal has been photographed in Africa since 1909. The remote wildlife cameras was placed near Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia County last year to track the leopard population, when they heard unconfirmed reports of a possible black leopard sighting.
Nick Pilfold, a San Diego Zoo global scientist, working with local partners, including the Kenya wildlife service, to monitor leopard populations in the area and help preserve the species, stated that while there have been reports of sightings of black leopards the last confirmed observation was in Ethiopia more than a century ago.
Leopards are described as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
The total extent of the animal’s population decline is still unknown, San Diego Zoo said in a statement. But several factors have sharply reduced their numbers, including hunting, habitat loss, competition for prey, and conflict with livestock and farmers.