The Lifestyle of Leopards

Leopards are solitary animals that tend to be nocturnal. They are proficient climbers and many will rest in the branches of high trees during the day. Some will even carry their prey up trees to eat them and prevent others from having them.
Depending on the type of player that a leopard eats their activity levels will vary as well their seasonal behaviour.
Leopards tend to have their own home range which is the area that they will live in and move around. For males this is usually around 12 – 30 square miles and for females this tends to be 5.8 – 6.2 square miles. Males do not normally have territories that overlap although different sexes may stray into other territories quite safely.
When it comes to the diet of a leopard they have many types of pray that they will eat. While they will eat the ‘usual’ type of prey such as: monkeys, deer, young giraffe and so on it is not uncommon for a leopard to eat rodents and other small animals. Clearly the choice of prey that is available to a leopard depends very much on their individual habitat as not all prey animals are available to every species of leopard.
Some leopards will make all year round and once a female is pregnant the gestation period is 90 – 105 days. Typically a female will have a litter of 2 -4 cubs but the mortality of these cubs during the first years is 41 – 50%. This helps to explain why increasing the numbers of leopard in the wild can be quite difficult when there are other threats around.
As you can see from the lifestyle of leopards if they are in an area where they have plenty to eat and are safe they are able to thrive and grow in numbers quite significantly.

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