Black Panther is the name of one of the most popular marvel movies that released in the year 2018. It starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Lelita Wright.
But, we’re not here to talk about the movie Black Panther! We’re here to talk about the actual black Panther.
Not far from where the movie was fictionally placed, a Black Panther was sighted nearly 100 years! That’s a century of no panthers at all!
The Black Panther was spotted in Kenya – a country in East Africa, bordering along the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lake lands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. It is also known for annual wildebeest migrations, Amboseli National Park, and Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro. Because Kenya has a tropical climate moderated by altitude, it is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland, and very dry in the north and northeast parts.
The Black Panther
Black Panthers are a result of Melanin – a gene that causes a surplus of pigment in the skin or hair of an animal so that it appears black
According to Nicholas Pilfold, a biologist at the San Diego institute, “Black panthers are uncommon, only about 11 percent of leopards globally are black, but black panthers in Africa are extremely rare.”
The discovery was first published in the African Journal of Ecology in the month of January.
From February to April, 2018, a set camera traps strategically placed throughout the bushlands of Loisaba Conservatory provided undeniable proof! A Video recording spotted a juvenile female black traveling with a larger, normally colored leopard, presumed to be her mother. In four nighttime videos, she appeared alone drinking water from artificial water sources or carrying remains of her prey.
Check out the video here: