Rare Black Leopard Located in Kenya For The First Time in Over a Century

Rare Black Leopard Located in Kenya For The First Time in Over a Century

A Kenya-based biologist, Nick Pilfold, and his team set camera traps to catch a glimpse of super rare cat. He had heard that there was a melanistic leopard lurking around central Kenya, so he set up his cameras and waited — and it worked.

Video captured a young female leopard spotted with a larger leopard that had typical tan fur with brown spots, National Geographic reported.

Melanism is the opposite of albinism. It's "the result of a gene that causes a surplus of pigment in the skin or hair of an animal so that it appears black," according to National Geographic.




Although there have been reports of such leopards around Kenya for decades, according to National Geographic, there hasn't been any confirmation until now.

Researchers believe melanism helps camouflage the leopard, giving them an advantage not only when they hunt, but also for evading humans.


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