Leopards have long been preyed upon by man. Their soft, dense,
beautiful fur has been used for ceremonial robes and coats.
Different parts of the leopard the tail, claws and whiskers
are popular as fetishes. These cats have a reputation as
wanton killers, but research does not support the claim. In
some areas farmers try to exterminate them, while in others
leopards are considered symbols of wisdom. Leopards do well in
captivity, and some have lived as long as 21 years.
Wist je dat?
- The elegant, powerfully built leopard has a long body,
relatively short legs and a broad head. Its tawny coat is
covered with dark, irregular circles called "rosettes."
- Both lions and hyenas will take away a leopard's kill if
they can. To prevent this leopards store their larger kills in
trees where they can feed on them in relative safety.