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Don’t we all love fun facts about wildlife? In our #WildAboutFacts series, we bring you some striking images and facts about the animals around us. Let’s begin the series with #Leopards.

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Image: Vinay NP #NiFHiveFeature

#Leopards are actually the smallest among the genus of big cats. These elusive #cats prefer to hide in trees or in caves during the day.

Image: @rajivkalsi #NiFHiveFeature

#Leopards are not picky about their food and feed on a wide range of animals. They crouch low and sneak on their prey before attacking them.

Image: Arjun Guha #NiFHiveFeature

They are also #solitary creatures and spend time with other #Leopards when they are raising cubs or courting.

Image: Jeevan H Chandrashekar #NiFHiveFeature

An example of #Leopards living in the midst of an #urban setup is seen in the #Aarey Milk Colony #Mumbai. A citizen-driven initiative aids in monitoring the leopards here.

Image: @ranjeetnature #NiFHiveFeature

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In some rural areas, people share space with #Leopards who are regular visitors to the villages.

Image: Aniket Lunawat #NiFHiveFeature

Female #Leopards give birth to about two or three #cubs and they depend on their mother for food for the first three months of their lives.

Image: @rattynair #NiFHiveFeature

At 12-18 months, #Leopard #cubs are old enough to hunt and take care of themselves.

Image: Mahesh Reddy #NiFHiveFeature

#Leopards are most active at night when they are looking for their prey. They spend their day time #sleeping and resting.

Image: Yogeshwarakrishnan Krishnanand #NiFHiveFeature

#Melanistic #Leopards are a rare sight, but melanism is considered to be an advantage as these leopards camouflage well in dense forests where the light is low.

Image: Arvind Karthik #NiFHiveFeature


Agile and #acrobatic, #Leopards can leap from trees to capture their prey.

Image: Sandesh Guru #NiFHiveFeature

#Leopards are also masterful tree climbers and they can haul large preys onto branches where they eat them without worrying about other #animals.

Image: Shreejit Borthakur #NiFHiveFeature

#Bera in #Rajasthan is one of the places where #Leopards can be easily spotted, where they often bask in the sun on the #rocks.

Image: @drmanishnagpal #NiFHiveFeature

#Leopards leave scent marks by claw-marking trees or rubbing their cheeks against barks and leaves or by standing upright and scraping the ground with their hind legs.

Image: Darshan Ganapathy #NiFHiveFeature
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