Rare African black leopard captured by camera trap’s extraordinary photos

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

AMAZON PINK DOLPHIN

13/02/2018

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Images were taken by British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, in Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya

A black leopard at night time in Kenya, photographed with a Camtraptions camera trap.
A black leopard at night time in Kenya, photographed with a Camtraptions camera trap. Photograph: Burrard-Lucas Photography/Camtraptions

The wild African black leopard has been the stuff of legend and campfire story for decades.

The animal – whose coat is sooty black as a result of melanism, the opposite of albinism – is extremely rare.

But a British wildlife photographer has taken the first professional camera trap photos of a wild black leopard in Africa.

Will Burrard-Lucas captured the images, which were released to the public on Monday, at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya after hearing reports of sightings in the area.

Will Burrard-Lucas is the first person to capture a black leopard on film since 1909
Will Burrard-Lucas is the first person to capture a black leopard on film since 1909. Photograph: Burrard-Lucas Photography/Camtraptions

After meeting with locals who had seen the animals, and following leopard tracks, Burrard-Lucas set up a Camtraptions camera trap that included wireless motion sensors, in the hope of photographing the animals at night.

After several days without success Burrard-Lucas returned to his cameras to find a striking image.

“I had a quick look at the last trap, not expecting to find much,” Burrard-Lucas wrote on his blog. “As I scrolled through the images on the back of the camera, I paused and peered at the photograph below in incomprehension … a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness … a black leopard! I couldn’t believe it and it took a few days before it sank in that I had achieved my dream.”

The animal’s sooty-coloured fur is caused by melanism, which is like reverse-albinism.
The animal’s sooty-coloured fur is caused by melanism, which is like reverse-albinism. Photograph: Will Burrard-Lucas/Burrard-Lucas Photography

Pilfold writes that while there have been recorded reports of black leopards in Africa for more than a century, only one had been confirmed with photographic evidence, a 1909 photograph taken in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“We had always heard about black leopard living in this region,” Pilfold told USA Today. “Collectively these are the first confirmed images in nearly 100 years of a black leopard in Africa, and this region is the only known spot in all of Africa to have [the] black leopard.”

 

By: Kate Lyons

Source: The Guardian

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