Leopards can be found in both Africa and Asia.
Leopards are very adaptable. They can be found in a diverse
range of habitats from semidesert to the rainforest.
Males weigh between 80 and 200 pounds, females
weigh between 60 and 130 pounds.
Gestation period is 12 - 14 weeks. Females give
birth to 2 - 3 cubs. The cubs weigh about one pound at birth
and they open their eyes on the 10th day. The cubs stay with
their mother until they are about two years old.
African leopards are lighter in color and their
rosettes are smaller and set closer together. Asian leopards
are darker in color and have larger rosettes. The rosette may
have a spot in the center. The leopard’s spotted coat helps to
hide the cat as it hunts in wooded grasslands. The leopard’s
spots are small rosettes and lack the additional spot of color
inside the rosette of the jaguar. Leopards spend a lot of time
in trees and are built for climbing. Their shoulder blades are
positioned to the side to make them better climbers.