Elusive black leopard spotted in Kenya for first time in 100 years

Melanistic leopard

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas managed it - and it's thought to be the first time anyone has captured a melanistic leopard on camera in Africa in 100 years.

Burrard-Lucas said it had been his dream to photograph the black leopard since childhood.

After learning that several had been spotted in the Laikipia area of Kenya - the only area thought to have black leopards in all of Africa - he made a decision to investigate further and set up an expedition this January. Typically in Africa and Asia that would mean a melanistic leopard - a black leopard.

These remarkable images, said to be the first clear ones in 100 years of the creature, show the leopard out hunting for prey.

British publication The Guardian reports that Nicholas Pilfold, from the institute for conservation research at the San Diego Zoo, has written an article in the African Journal of Ecology about the new photographic evidence captured by Burrard-Lucas.

"Since childhood, I have been fascinated by stories of black panthers".

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"Collectively these are the first confirmed images in almost 100 years of a black leopard in Africa, and this region is the only known spot in all of Africa to have a black leopard".

Burrard-Lucas was trying to spot the leopard for several days without success when he finally returned to his cameras to find a striking image.

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.

While albinism causes whiteness due to a lack of pigmentation, the genetic variation melanism results in an excess of dark pigmentation.

Working in collaboration with biologists in the area, Burrard-Lucas went about installing camera traps. "The only place where we have black leopards is where this place in the Marvel Universe appears to exist".

Black leopards are usually associated with dense forests where their dark colouration is thought to help them hide in the shadows.

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Will took the unusual images using a Camtraptions Camera Trap - a camera which has a motion sensor to detect when animals are there.

Black leopards may have been living in Kenya all along, but there's been no footage to confirm the observations until now, Pilfold said.

Will captured a spotted leopard on one of the camera traps, which could be the black leopard's dad.

Summing up the black leopard in three words, Burrard-Lucas said: 'They are truly stunning, attractive and elusive'.

In Africa, however, melanistic leopards are extremely rare.

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