Rare African Black Leopard Photographed for the First Time in 100 Years


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British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas has captured a series of high-quality camera trap photographs of a wild melanistic leopard, otherwise known as a black leopard or black panther, in Africa. The rare big cat was photographed with a Camtraptions camera trap at Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya. (Will Burrard-Lucas)

In a first in more than 100 years, British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas captured a series of high-quality images of an African black leopard in the wild.

The photos were taken in Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya using camera traps made by Camtraptions, a camera trap company the photographer founded himself. Burrard-Lucas had long been enamored with tales of the rare black panthers in India and the even more elusive African black leopard, so when he…

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