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Black leopard spotted in Africa for first time in 100 years

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    A black leopard has been spotted in Africa for first time in 100 years and captured in a series of stunning photograhs by an intrepid snapper.

    The creature – of almost mythical status – was captured on film by Will Burrard-Lucas using specialist equipment including wireless motion sensors and high-quality DSLR cameras.

    In a blog post, he tells how he first encountered a black leopard after spending three days searching the Kabini Forest in India.

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    The black leopard is so coloured because of melanism, the development of the dark-coloured pigment in skin and hair. (Supplied)

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    Black panthers are an umbrella term that refers to any big cat with a black coat. (Supplied)

    Burrard-Lucas was then told of a black leopard at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya – an area not known for the creature.

    After finding tracks, he set up a Camtraptions Camera Trap for several nights until he captured a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness. These were later revealed to be that of black leopard.

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    The photographs were captured at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. (Supplied)

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    The Camtraptions camera trap used to capture the animal. (Supplied)

    “Over the days that followed I moved the camera traps around as I gained a deeper understanding of the leopard’s movements. The next hit I got was further down on the same game trail as the first capture,” he explained.

    “Thereafter the black leopard disappeared and I started capturing images of a big spotty male instead – apparently he had chased away the younger black leopard.”

    Published in the African Journal of Ecology, the photos represent the first scientific documentation of such a creature in Africa in nearly a century.

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    There are nine leopard subspecies located from Africa all the way to eastern Russia. (Supplied)

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    Most black leopards are known to exist in South-east Asia, where tropical forests offer more shade. (Supplied)

    The leopard’s appearance is attributed to melanism - the development of the dark-coloured pigment melanin in the skin or hair of animals.

    While 11 per cent of leopards alive today are thought to be melanistic, most are found in South-east Asia where tropical forests offer an abundance of shade.

    Before Burrard-Lucas's picture, the only confirmed sighting of a black leopard in Africa was a photograph taken in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1909.

    See more of Will's photographs on his Instagram account here.

    And read his story in his own words here.

    © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2019

    https://www.9news.com.au/2019/02/13...spotted-in-africa-for-first-time-in-100-years
     
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    Humans have destroyed the ecosystem and along with that the inhabitants of that making beautiful creatures such as black leopard extinct.