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Black Panther spotted in Kenya for the first time in 100 years

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An African black leopard also known as ‘Black Panther’ has been spotted in Kenya for the first time in 100 years.

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Biologists captured the rare footage of a big cat walking majestically in Kenya, making it the first time the animal has been photographed in Africa since 1909.

Nick Pilfold, a San Diego Zoo global scientist, said they captured the footage after months of watching and waiting. His team of biologists had placed remote wildlife cameras to track the leopard population near Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia County last year when they heard unconfirmed reports of a possible black leopard sighting.

“We intensified our camera placement in the area the reports were being made. Within a few months, we were rewarded with multiple observations on our cameras” he said

The female leopard’s coat color is pitch black as a result of melanism, a gene mutation that results in an over-production of pigment, Pilfold said. It’s the opposite of albinism — and although the leopard’s coat appears black during the day, its rosette patterns are visible in nighttime infrared imagery.

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While there have been reports of sightings of black leopards the last confirmed observation was in Ethiopia more than a century ago, he said. Pilfold is part of a team from the San Diego Zoo working with local partners, including the Kenya Wildlife Service, to monitor leopard populations in the area and help preserve the species.

Leopards are described as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.
The total extent of the animal’s population decline is still unknown, San Diego Zoo said in a statement. But several factors have sharply reduced their numbers, including hunting, habitat loss, competition for prey, and conflict with livestock and farmers.

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34 Comments

  1. There is nothing we would not see or hear from this Kenya, na there also one poor man said he wanted to sell one of his testicles to make money

  2. Wow the black panther! I just got to know its as a result of pigment mutation. I taught they came natuarally like jaguars. That melanin is an opposite of albinism. These are the kind of news one should be reading abeg. Informative and interesting. I hate gossip news.

  3. i also didn”t know an animal is called black panther. i love the glowing black skin. I hope Africa preserves some of the species of animals.

  4. that is the work of discovery researchers.. when they hear about something cool or extraordinary., they would track it willing

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