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Panthera pardus

  Habitat: forests, bushes and prairies in mountain areas.

  Feeding habits: attack from secret hiding place and kill its prey with paws and teeth.

  Food: monkeys, gazelle, wild boars, small-sized deer, wild rabbits, birds and domestic animals.

  Size: with a body length of 100-150 cm and a tail length of 75-85 cm. Weight: 50 kg.

  Habits:   it's a kind of fierce nocturnal beast and its ability of adaptation is very good. It's very strong and nimble and it can jump as high as 5-6 m and as far as 12 m. It is good at climbing trees. It's more daring, fiercer and more uncontrollable than lions and tigers. News about leopards attacking people was often heard in mountain areas in the past. A leopard killed in Indian in 1926 swallowed up 125 people within 3 years. In the early of the 20th century, two leopards killed 500 people in a place near Nepal. Nowadays, the number of leopards is reduced greatly and they are rarely seen to threaten people's safety. 

  Category: Mammalia, predatory, felidae.

  Distribution: mountain areas of Yunnan. Other districts of China except the West.

  Level of protection: Class I key state protection animal of China.




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