1. Leopard spot spots are called Rosettes because they are rose-shaped.
2. There are many different kinds of leopards living across the globe, did you know that in the Western Cape of South Africa we have our own distinctive Leopard called the Cape Mountain Leopard.
3. They can run 58 km/h.
4. They are solitary animals. Male and female leopards will only cross territories to mate.
5. Leopards have a very varied diet, anything from bugs, fish, antelope, monkeys, rodents to buck.
6. They are skilled climbers and like to carry their prey into trees so that they don’t have to share their meal.
7. They are nocturnal and like to hide in trees and caves during the day.
8. Typically, a leopard will stalk its prey to within 5 to 10 meters before pouncing.
9. They communicate through distinctive calls, often in a hoarse, raspy cough. They also growl when angry and, like domestic cats, purr when happy and relaxed.
10. Female leopards give birth any time of the year and will usually have around 2 to 3 cubs at a time. She will stay with their cubs until they are about two years old.
And lastly, did you know that the Lower Zambezi is a great place for spotting leopard!