The Indian Leopard
Family – Felidae Subfamily – Pantherinae Latin Name – Panthera pardus Linnaeus, 1758. Subspecies P.p. Fusca Meyer, 1794.
Local Names in Bera Area – Bageera Vageera Cheetara Tendua IUCN/WPA/Indian Status Near Threatened.
Social Unit- Solitary
Size – HBL- 203-243cm (male) 180-200cm (Female) Wt- 45-77Kg (Male) 30-45Kg (Female)
Most adaptable big cat of the Indian subcontinent - The leopard has a clear yellow coat market with black rosettes. It has a small, spotted head, powerful jaws and a long tail, and its underside is white. The normal color of the coat varies considerably in intensity from gold to tawny. The Rosettes are unique in individual leopards, like the stripes of the tigers. They are more like large spots (solid) on the limbs and the face, and on the body they turn into rosettes with a darker tawny centre as compared to the background.
Deciduous and evergreen forests, scrub jungle, open country, and fringes of human habitation