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Rare 'black panther' spotted in Kenya

Rare 'black panther' spotted in Kenya

Remote cameras confirm rare black leopards living in Kenya San Diego Zoo Global researchers have confirmed the presence of rare black leopards living in Laikipia County, Kenya.

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"Almost everyone has a story about seeing one, it's such a mythical thing," says Pilfold, of San Diego Zoo Global's Institute for Conservation Research.

Its thought that melanism provides additional camouflage in those habitats, giving the predators an advantage when it comes to hunting, says Vincent Naude, leopard genetic forensics project coordinator for the nonprofit Panthera, who was not involved with this research.

But in Kenya, black leopards, sometimes referred to as "black panthers”—an umbrella term that refers to any big cat with a black coat—seem to occur in semi-arid shrubland.

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