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Next to tiger, lion and jaguar the leopard is the smallest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera.
Once distributed all over Africa and Asia from Siberia to South Africa it is now mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Small fragments occur in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malaysia, and China. Its habitat ranges from rainforest to desert terrains.
It was rather unusual that this leopard stayed beside the car for almost 10 min. Usually they are very shy. It took me a lot of game drives before I saw my first leopard.