Top 10 Facts about Black Panthers

Black Panthers inhabit areas of America, Asia and Africa and can be found in rainforests, swamps, savannahs, mountains, and even deserts.

Black Panthers are an endangered species because of excessive hunting, loss of natural habitat, environmental pollution and global warming. They are known as black jaguars in Latin America and Black Leopards in Asia and Africa, and as the Black Cougar in North America.

Black Panthers measure between 7 to 8 feet in length and weigh in between 100 to 250 pounds. They are carnivores and hunt and eat everything from birds and reptiles to large mammals. Black Panthers are solitary animals and will meet only when they mate.

Female Black Panthers have a gestation period of 3 months and will give birth to between 2 to 4 babies and she will take care of them herself. Newborn cubs are born with their eyes closed and covered with light fur. At the age of between 2 to 3 months, they learn how to hunt from their mother and then just 9 months after birth, the young cubs can catch medium-sized prey.

Black Panthers are very good at climbing trees and learn to do so early in their lives. They have large strong paws and sharp claws that are used for hunting and they can leap up to 20 feet and have excellent eyesight and sense of hearing.

Black Panthers can live up to 12 years in the wild and in captivity, they can live up to 20 years.

They mostly hunt at night and are masters at concealment and use every available rock, bush or depression to hide themselves in so they can get as close as possible to their prey.

They will sit and wait silently and cautiously, blending well with the environment and when they stalk their prey they are able to walk silently and creep up very close and as soon as they get close enough, they will dash forward and leap on them and grab them with their front paws.

A Black Panther can also hide amongst the tree leaves on a tree branch and then drop down on top of the prey when they pass by. They are able to kill their victims with a single but fatal bite to the neck with their powerful jaws or simply just strangling their prey with their paws.