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Wildlife Photographer: I've 'Achieved My Dream'

Rare black leopards photographed in Kenya

(Newser) - Will Burrard-Lucas scrolled through photo after photo, seeing only hyenas. Then "a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness ... a black leopard! I couldn't believe it," the British wildlife photographer says of capturing some of the first scientific evidence of black leopards in Africa in a century.... More »

Monk Meditates in Tiger Reserve, Gets Killed by Leopard

Not a great choice of locale

(Newser) - A Buddhist monk’s monthlong forest meditation was interrupted in a most horrid way Wednesday in India. Rahul Walke, 35, was meditating under a tree in Maharashtra’s Ramdegi forest, home to a Buddhist temple and a protected tiger reserve, when a leopard attacked, reports the Times of India . A... More »

What's Happening in This Photo Is Kind of Amazing

It shows the rare sight of a leopard cub suckling on a lion

(Newser) - Newly released photographs from a Tanzanian wildlife area show an incredibly rare sight: a leopard cub suckling on a lion believed to have given birth to a litter last month. The 5-year-old lion lies unperturbed as the small leopard, estimated to be a few weeks old, nurses in the photographs... More »

Zoo Visitor Spots Escaped Leopard

Utah zoo was locked down for 30 minutes

(Newser) - When she got word of a leopard on the loose at the zoo in Salt Lake City, Katie Boender ducked into the nearest building with her group of preschool students: a bathroom. They spent the next 30 minutes holed up there as an emergency team tranquilized the rare animal that... More »

Leopard Wanders Into School, Mauls 6

Tranquilizers didn't prevent 'attacking spree'

(Newser) - There were no students or teachers around when a leopard wandered into a school in Bangalore, India, early on Sunday morning, but the incident was still a bloody one. According to the Hindu , security workers at Vibgyor High School suspected around 4am that there was a leopard inside the school... More »

Jet-Black Leopards Have Spots That May Save Their Species

Researchers use an infrared flash to identify the Malaysian animals

(Newser) - Black leopards may owe thanks to a team of scientists at Australia’s James Cook University. The rare leopards, an endangered species living on the Malay Peninsula, have been hard to identify because each one appeared the same—until now. The researchers discovered that the big cats actually have complex... More »

Roar! World's Rarest Cat Makes a Comeback

Amur leopard has doubled its numbers, but there are still only about 65-69

(Newser) - It's what the WWF is hailing as an "amazing tale of recovery," but the numbers involved are still pretty small: The Amur leopard, dubbed the rarest cat on planet Earth, has doubled its numbers over the past seven years, but as Phys.org reports, there are now... More »

Leopard Terrorizes India Hospital

Spends 12 hours inside before bursting out through window

(Newser) - Patients in an Indian hospital yesterday received an unusual—and pretty frightening—visitor: a leopard that had turned up in the northern city of Meerut, injuring seven people, per the Hindustan Times . After being teased by "mischievous elements" in a warehouse, the animal headed to the hospital, where it... More »

Wild Leopard Ate 15 Women, Children: Officials

Officials in Nepal offer $300 for death of man-eating creature

(Newser) - A horrific story from western Nepal: Authorities are hunting for a man-eating leopard that may have killed 15 people, including a 4-year-old boy whose head was found in a forest, CNN reports. At most two leopards are behind the attacks, officials say, because man-eating leopards are so rare—and this... More »

Leopard Plays Gently With Baby Steenbok ... Before Dinner

Safari spots tender, cruel interaction

(Newser) - Hunger finally won out over cross-species maternal instinct in a heart-breaking South African scene captured by safari participants. Witnesses were transfixed when a female leopard grabbed a newborn steenbok, but stopped from eating almost every time the baby cried. The leopard handled it tenderly several times over a period of... More »

Zulus Urged to Switch to Fake Fur

Biologist looks to save endangered leopards with synthetic pelts

(Newser) - A leopard can't change its spots, but can South Africa's Zulus trade their traditional leopard-pelt adornments for a cheap knockoff? For the sake of protecting the country's dwindling population of the big cats, conservation biologist Tristan Dickerson hopes they can. Dickerson has created a fake version he... More »

Leopard Mauls 11 in Indian Village

Big cat dies after battle with villagers

(Newser) - A leopard that strayed into an Indian village mauled 11 people before wildlife officials managed to sedate it with tranquilizer darts. The fully-grown big cat later died of injuries sustained in a fierce battle with villagers, who used knives and stones to beat it back, the AP reports. Six villagers,... More »

Leopards, Monkeys, Bear Found in Airport Bags

Anti-trafficking officials tracked Dubai-bound carrier to Thai hub

(Newser) - Thai officials today nabbed a Dubai-bound man who was hauling “a virtual zoo” of endangered creatures around the Bangkok airport. When they opened his bags, they found a yawning bunch of sedated newborns: two leopards, two panthers, two macaque monkeys, and an Asiatic black bear, the AP reports. Anti-trafficking... More »

Leopard Injures First-Grader at Kansas Zoo

Boy climbed protective railing to get closer to cage

(Newser) - A first-grader suffered head and neck lacerations after venturing too close to a leopard's cage on a field trip to the zoo. His injuries aren't life-threatening, reports the Wichita Eagle . The boy climbed a railing meant to keep out the public and walked up to the cage to... More »

Calvin Klein's 'Obsession' Entrances Big Cats

Men's scent becomes secret weapon for zookeepers

(Newser) - Obsession for Men, Calvin Klein's musky scent for guys, may or may not work to lure the ladies, but it's a huge hit with tigers, leopards, and jaguars of both sexes. It's become the secret weapon of zoologists trying to entice big cats to linger, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Rare Leopard Cubs Born at Zoo

Twins are DC Zoo's first clouded leopard babies in 16 years

(Newser) - The National Zoo just got a tiny bit cuter with the birth of two rare clouded leopard cubs at its conservation center, the Washington Post reports. The babies are the first of their endangered species, called ghost leopards for their blurry black-and-tan spots, born at the zoo in 16 years.... More »

Zoo Leopards Find New Home at Preserve

UK actress wins their release, with help from Monaco's Prince Albert

(Newser) - Brother-sister pair Sirius and Pitou grew up in a French traveling circus, spent the last nine years at the Monaco zoo, and have now found a new home at a wildlife preserve in South Africa. The 16-year-old leopards undertook their recent journey—sedated and via two airplanes—thanks to British... More »

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