African Leopard

Our African Leopard, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the African Leopard (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
African Leopard Facts
African Leopard
Panthera pardus

Life Span
Wild: 7-9 years
Captivity: 15-20 years
4.25-6.25 feet
Average Weight
65-200 lbs
Group Name
Mostly Solitary
Group Size
Name of Young

Our African Leopard, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Leopards are strong, graceful, and stealthy. They live across the African continent and are able to adapt to many different habitats.
  • Their spots are called “rosettes.” Rosettes serve as effective camouflage so they can easily hide while hunting at night and resting during the day.
  • Leopards tend to be solitary and have a distinct barking territorial call. These big cats also mark their territory using urine and tree scratching.
  • Leopards prefer to hunt by ambush using their powerful teeth and claws. They are better built for strength than speed.
  • Females generally have 2 or 3 cubs at a time and hide them for their first 2 months in dense brush and hollow tree trunks. Cubs are weaned at 3 months of age, but may stay with the mother, learning to hunt, for up to 2 years.

Did You Know?

Leopards are very capable climbers. They are strong enough to carry large prey up into trees to keep it safe from scavengers such as hyenas. Leopards are also strong jumpers and can leap up to 20 feet horizontally.