Rare Black African leopard spotted for the first time in more than a century


Burrard-Lucas was trying to spot the leopard for several days without success when he finally returned to his cameras to find a striking image.

“I had a quick look at the last trap, not expecting to find much,” Burrard-Lucas wrote on his blog. “As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension … a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness … a black leopard! I couldn’t believe it and it took a few days before it sank in that I had achieved my dream,” Burrad-Luca told The Guardian. 

Image Courtesy of BBC Earth / Photographer: Will Burrard-Lucas.


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