An African black leopard popularly known as ‘Black Panther’ has been spotted in Africa, Kenya to be precise for the first time in 100 years.
the rare footage of the big cat strolling was captured by Biologist in Kenya, making it the first time the animal has been photographed in Africa since 1909, more than a century ago, in Ethiopia.
Nick Pilfold, a San Diego Zoo global scientist, said they captured the footage after months of watching and waiting. His team of biologists had placed remote wildlife cameras to track the leopard when they heard unconfirmed reports of a possible black leopard sighting.
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“We intensified our camera placement in the area the reports were being made. Within a few months, we were rewarded with multiple observations on our cameras” he said
The female black panther’s coat color is pitch black as a result of melanism, a gene mutation that results in an over-production of pigment, Pilfold said. It’s the opposite of albinism — and although the leopard’s coat appears black during the day, its rosette patterns are visible in nighttime infrared imagery.