Saturday, July 08, 2006

African Leopards of Big Cat Rescue

Jade and Armani are African Leopards. They are larger and have deeper voices than their Asian cousins. The African Leopard lives in the same range as the much larger lion. The only way the leopard can defend it's kill is to drag it up into the trees where the lion is less inclined to go. The leopard can carry a carcass three times her own size up into the branches.

Leopards are an endangered specie, as are most of the exotic cats. Poachers are still a real threat due to a lack of enforcement and the value of her pelt and flesh on the black market. Frequently the only punishment, if any, that poacher receives for killing an endangered specie, is the confiscation of the animal and perhaps the impoundment of his trap or weapon.