Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Panthera pardus

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 Panthera pardus


The largest of the predatory cats in this area, though smaller than leopards further north. Total length of males 1,75m, weight about 31kg. Females are smaller. Background colour can vary from off-white to golden, with white underparts. The patterns of black spots also vary, being large on the legs, underparts and tail, small on the head and forming rosettes on the back and flanks. Mainly nocturnal, solitary and secretive, preferring the mountainous areas. It preys on birds and any mammals from rodents to medium-sized antelope. The reserve probably forms only a small part of its home range.

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2017 / 3 / 23