Rare African black leopard photographed for first time in 100 years


  • A black leopard has been photographed in Africa for the first time in more than 100 years.
  • The creatures are very limited in numbers in the region and sightings are extremely rare.
  • The stunning images were captured by Will Burrard-Lucas who used a Camtraptions camera trap to take the photos in the dead of night.
  • Melanism (black coloration) occurs in about 11% of leopards, but most are found in Asia.
  • The last confirmed photograph of a black leopard in Africa was taken in Ethiopia in 1909, according to the African Journal of Ecology.

“Since childhood, I have been fascinated by stories of black panthers,” begins the blog post of Will Burrard-Lucas.

“For me, no animal is shrouded in more mystery, no animal more elusive, and no animal more beautiful,” the British…

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