Updated on February 15, 2019, 10:01 am
The & # 39; Black Panther & # 39; Lives: a rare black leopard has been filmed and photographed in Kenya – according to scientists for the first time in about 100 years.
After the animal was spotted in Laikipia, central Kenya, scientists around Nicholas Pilfold from the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo said they had eight cameras in the area last year.
So they could film the female five times. "We have released the recordings to confirm that black leopards really live here," Pilfold told the German news agency on Thursday.
Last photo from 1909
The photos & # 39; s and another photo from 2007 are the first "in almost 100 years to confirm the existence of a black leopard in Africa, and the first in Kenya", write the scientists in the study that was published at the end of January published.
The photo was taken in 2007, the scientists had received, and it shows a black leopard in a nearby nature reserve. According to the Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation, however, there is another photo paper in Africa: according to 2013, one of her photographers took a photo of a black leopard in Kenya.
In addition to the photo 's of the scientists around Pilfold, photographer Will Burrard – Lucas was also able to make photo' s of a black leopard in Laikipia.
Before the recent recordings, according to the scientists, only a photograph of a black leopard in Africa was known: taken in Ethiopia in 1909.
Gene mutation creates a black coat
The term "black panther" is used for large black cats, such as leopards or jaguars. Black leopards are rarely seen in Africa.
They are normal leopards with a gene mutation that results in considerably more black pigments that are produced. But a black leopard, like the conventional representatives of its kind, also has the typical spots: they are usually not visible.
With the help of infrared lighting scientists in Kenya could confirm that the observed animal actually has the pattern of a leopard, as it was called.
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