Even if the to and from been reports of the black panther existed in Africa, it has not got good enough pictures to safely confirm it – until now.
A team of biologists has after months of reconnaissance in Kenya could publish the pictures of the graceful animal, " says Nick Pilford, game manager for the San Diego Zoo, for CNN.
the Cameras had been placed in inaccessible places in the region of Laikipia.
– It is likely that the black leopards lived in Kenya all the time, it's just that high-quality images to confirm there has been in the past, said Pilfold.
the News publierades in the African Journal of Ecology.
the Daily Nation said however on Tuesday that one of its photographers had a picture of a black leopard in 2013 in the same area. It is unclear if the image was published.Photo: San Diego Zoo
– most of the pictures are taken in quarters and have not been able to be used as evidence. The image from 2013 is on a black leopard in captivity, who were brought to Kenya from the U.S. as young, not wild, " says Nick Pilford.
The last confirmed sighting of a wild black leopard in Africa is from 1909, in Ethiopia, according to the researcher.
comes from something called ”melanism,” a gene mutation that causes the overproduction of pigment. It is the opposite of albinism. Even if the animal looks completely black out during the daytime emerges leopardmönstret at night, on the images taken with the infrared camera.
The black color occurs in 11% of the leopards around the world, but most live in Southeast asia, according to Pilford.
Forografen Will Burrard-Lucas, which took the pictures, has long had a dream of photographing the big cats.
" For me is no animal more mysterious, more elusive, or more beautiful, he writes on his blog.