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Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

Sri Lankan leopards are one of 9 subspecies of leopard and are part of the ‘big cat’ family. Their rosette-like black spots are a unique pattern to each individual.



Size: Head-Body Length - 0.9 - 1.9m, Tail length - 60 – 110cm
Weight: 37 - 90kg



As their name suggests, Sri Lankan leopards are native to the island of Sri Lanka. They are found in a range of habitats from open savannah to rainforests.



Leopards are carnivores, usually hunting at night for a variety of prey including wild boar, deer and birds. They will often carry prey high up a tree to keep it away from other predators.



Leopards are solitary except for the breeding season. After a pregnancy of around 3 ½ months a litter of 2 to 6 cubs are born. They can live for up to 20 years.



Sri Lankan leopards are endangered in the wild through hunting for trade and also persecution as a pest. The current wild population is estimated at around 800 individuals. Although found in many protected areas, their population is still decreasing. These cats are part of a European Breeding Programme and Banham Zoo has been very successful with this species, being the first UK collection to breed Sri Lankan leopards.

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