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Panthera pardus


My first Leopard sighting!


Savannah Grassland


The leopard /ˈlɛpərd/ is the smallest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. Compared to other members of the Felidae, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but is smaller and more slightly built. Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes are smaller and more densely packed, and do not usually have central spots as the jaguars do. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers.

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32 Comments (1–25)

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thanks my little friends!! ;-)

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thanks for ur kind words Maria, yeah they really are special to see, most mysterious and silent out of any mammal I've seen. Majestic!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Fantastic series and how exciting it must have been. I've never had the privilege to see one of these cats in the wild and would love to do so one day. And a belated congratulations on your SOTD!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thx everyone, I appreciate all your kind comments!! These cats are on a serious decrease here in South Africa, the farmers are shooting them every chance they get! Our govt has issued serious penalties for killing them so I hope this helps. They used to be abundant in the forests where I live but very few are now recorded. A real shame!

Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago


Congratulations, Jared Hersch, well deserved SOTD.

RiekoS 5 years ago


staccyh 5 years ago

Wow, so exciting! I still havent seen one of these guys, so well done! Nice photos too.

Great find!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thanks everyone!! Wow I'm really surprised! This is such a special mammal, I'm really happy that it got the spotlight!

surekha 5 years ago


mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 years ago


Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 5 years ago

Simply beautiful animal. My fave big cat from Africa. Unfortunately it seems that we already have an extinct subspecies. Here (Brazil) we have the jaguar. Amazing!! Congratulations on spotting of the day, Jared!

Congratulations !

So beautiful!! Your 2nd picture is fantastic!!
Thank you for sharing the spotting of this gorgeous Leopard.

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats, Jared! Hope to see one of these some day, beautiful animals!

KarenL 5 years ago

What an awesome encounter Jared! Thank you for sharing, & congrats on another great Spotting of the Day!

Though it is one of the smallest “big cats”, a male leopard can drag a carcass three times its own weight up a tree.

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KarenSaxton 5 years ago

Thnx Jared - we're on a tour type trip of over 2 weeks. Multiple destinations and options and while it's "canned," I am very excited by the possibilities offered. I'll be uploading after the new year :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 5 years ago

What a beauty !!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thx for the comments all, Karen you gonna love it here in South Africa such diverse wildlife and plenty to see. if you need any tips on where to go or what to see let me know.

KarenSaxton 5 years ago

Awesome. We're heading there in December. Hope I get my first spotting ...

mcaul6515 5 years ago

Awesome shots for your first spotting of a Leopard!

AndyConners 5 years ago

Wow how did you find that?

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 5 years ago

Stunning kitty! You are sooo lucky!!! Thanks for sharing these lovely pics.

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thx Meesha and Antonio!

Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Lat: -24.76, Long: 31.81

Spotted on Mar 27, 2013
Submitted on Sep 25, 2013

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