The first Black Panther in the wold after over 100 years has been spotted for the first time in East Africa, one of the animals the famous superhero is named after in the African wilderness is a little more rare.
Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas managed it and there are even claims this is the first time anyone has captured a melanistic leopard on camera in Africa in 100 years.
Very few images of these iconic, secretive creatures exist and it all started when Will heard rumors of a black panther which is a loose term for a black leopard or black jaguar, depending where in the world it’s from at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya.
After following leopard tracks through the undergrowth with a guide called Steve, Will settled on a place to set up his Camtraptions camera traps.
“I’m quite used to doing camera traps and not actually achieving anything because it is such a speculative thing – you don’t know if the animal you’re trying to get is going to come down the trail that you’ve set the cameras up on.” Will Burrard narrated.
They weren’t sure whether the tracks they were following were those of the black leopard or a regular spotted one.
“I never get my hopes up, and after the first couple of nights I hadn’t got this leopard and I was beginning to think I’d be lucky if I get a photo of a spotty leopard, let alone this black one.” He added.
On the fourth night though, his luck was in.Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper cast doubt on that claim though, reporting that a similar animal was photographed in 2013.
Below are more photos of the Black Panther Leopard in Kenya: