Rare black leopard was shot in Kenya. The last time the animal was seen in Africa in 1909.
In 2018, a group of biologists placed a number of cameras near the reserve Loisaba in Kenya to spot wildlife. But how to remove black leopard, even could not dream.
Unique pictures were taken by the camera of British photographer Villa Burrard-Lucas (Will Burrard-Lucas). To capture an animal, it is pre-installed wireless motion sensors and a few flares. And his efforts were rewarded.
“Several days passed before I realized that my childhood dream has come true,” said the photographer.
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Kenya (Republic of Kenya) is a country in East Africa.
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Capital – Nairobi
Largest cities: Nairobi, Mombasa
Form of government : Presidential Republic
Territory – 582 650 km2 (46th in the world)
Population – 46,05 million (30th in the world)
Official languages – English, Swahili
Religion – Christianity
HDI – 0,548 (145th in the world)
GDP – $60,93 billion (74th in the world)
Currency – Kenyan shilling
Borders: Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan
Wool leopard takes on a black coloration, due to melanism mutation of the gene that causes the overabundance of dark pigment. Due to this feature of the leopard, sometimes called a black Panther. The day the cat actually looks black, but the nighttime infrared images are clearly visible characteristic spots.
“Melanism occurs in about 11% of the leopards, but most of them live in Southeast Asia, says biologist Nick Penfold (Nick Pilfold). In Africa black leopards are extremely rare, and in recent times their presence has been recorded in 1909 in Ethiopia”.
Lived black leopards in Kenya always, hard to say, but up to this point was no record confirming this fact.
Leopards are included in the list of animals under threat of extinction by the International Union for the conservation of nature. The main reasons for the sharp reduction in their population are the hunting, the disappearance of habitat and competition for prey.