- African Leopard
By: Jason Abels – Assistant Director www.tigerhomes.org Animal Sanctuary
Sampson the African Leopard LIVE ON CAM!
We are happy to
introduce Sampson, the Sanctuary’s resident
Leopard. Sampson is considered an African Leopard (Panthera
pardus) as is obviously indigenous to the continent of Africa.
is truly a remarkable animal, capable of adapting to almost any
habitat that provides it with sufficient prey and shelter. In
fact, one species of leopard, the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia),
the cold mountainous areas of Tibet and Afghanistan. This is
by far one of the most beautiful of all the leopards!
is a typical leopard in the fact that he is a “One
Man” cat. He has a super sweet disposition as far as leopards
go, but he only responds well to Dave. This is pretty much standard
behavior with leopards. Jaguars and many of the smaller species
of cat often exhibit this “One Man” working relationship.
Spock, one of the Sanctuary’s Caracals who we will discuss
separately in the “Meet The Rest Of The Family” section,
also is a “One Man” cat, only working with me. In
all fairness, Sampson and I only interact when I am giving him
a shot or assisting in a habitat transfer, so who could blame
him right ;-)!
Sampson is about 6 years old
and weighs about 120 pounds. We usually like to feed Sampson
5 – 10 pounds of food per
feeding. In the wild Sampson, like many other predators would
gorge feed. Basically, once making a kill, he would devour as
much food as he possibly could due to the fact that he could
lose his current meal to another predator or may not make another
kill anytime soon. A very interesting bit of trivia concerning
leopards, is the fact that they are the primary animal other
than man to kill for sport! It is not uncommon to see an Acacia
tree in Africa with over 10 antelope carcasses hanging by their
horns high up in the canopy of the tree. Even though it has more
than enough food stashed and in its belly, he can’t resist
the urge to pounce on vulnerable prey. Due to the fact that
a feeding behavior of leopards is to carry its killed prey high
up into a tree, the leopard must be very strong. Leopards have
been known to carry their body weight 30 feet straight up the
trunk of a tree by their mouth. Just to put that into perspective,
imagine Mike Tyson carrying another
Tyson up a tree holding on only with his teeth.
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