First photograph of rare African black leopard captured in more than a century | World news

The wild African black leopard has been the stuff of legend and campfire story for decades.

The animal – whose coat is sooty black as a result of melanism, the opposite of albinism – is extremely rare.

But a British wildlife photographer has become the first person to photograph the black leopard in more than a century.

Will Burrard-Lucas captured the images, which were released to the public on Monday, at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya after hearing reports of sightings in the area.

Will Burrard-Lucas is the first person to capture a black leopard on film since 1909 Photograph: Burrard-Lucas Photography/Camtraptions camera trap

After meeting with locals who had seen the animals, and following leopard tracks, Burrard-Lucas set up a Camtraptions camera trap that included…

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