A great number of rare animals are annually killed by poachers in Africa. The black leopard, who was captured on footage for the first time in over a hundred years, is also at risk of being killed. Poaching is a pressing problem in Kenya. Strict laws, high fines and long jail sentences don’t solve the problem. The Kenya Wildlife Service lacks staff and equipment.
Over 24,000 animals were killed in East Africa, 42,000 in Central, and 41,000 elephants were killed in South Africa. During the last 7 years the population of largest mammals has been declined from 550,000 to 470,000.
The black leopard that is now being discussed by the public, has all chances to become a victim because of its magnificent black coat.
The black leopard or black panther was spotted on cameras by a group of scientists in Laikipia County, Kenya (Laikipia Wilderness Camp).
These images prove that the African black leopard does exist. For the last time, the animal was captured on footage in Africa in 1909, told Nick Pilfold, a global conservation scientist at the San Diego Zoo.
The group of biologists from the San Diego Zoo placed remote cameras in Laikipia County last year after being reported that the alleged black leopard was seen in that area. A few months of continuous waiting and watching rewarded the scientists with footage of the rare big cat.
Pilfold’s team footage includes a few photos and a video of the rare animal lurking in the dark. The captured animal is a finesse female leopard with a pitch black coat, which is a result of a gene mutation called melanism, the opposite of albinism, causing over-production of pigment.
Scientists believe that black leopards have been living in Kenya all along, which can now be proved by the captured observations.