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Black Panther Facts

Marvel’s Black Panther may have rocked the world, but the real-life Black Panther continues to mesmerize us all with its dark, elusive majesty and exotic black coat.
Priya Johnson Apr 25, 2019

Ghost of the Forest

Black panther’s exotic black coat gives it the perfect camouflage to slip quickly and go unnoticed into the shadows of the dense, dark forests. Their black silhouette, emerald green eyes, and stealthy nature give them their title ‘ghost’ or ‘phantom’ of the forest.

Not a New Species

The term ‘black panther’ is not indicative of a new species, instead refers to jaguars and leopards with a specific gene mutation, wherein, their fur color has a dark shade such that it matches the dark spots on their body, giving them a uniform dark shade all over.

Rare Sight

Black panthers account for only 11% of the leopard- jaguar population, thus, are a rare sight around the world. They are spotted in small numbers across the African, Asian, and American continents over a wide range habitat from dense forests, mountains, marshes, swamps, etc.

Melanistic Variant

Melanism is a condition in which an excess of pigment melanin is seen in the skin cells, due to a genetic mutation. This excess melanin causes the skin and fur of the animal to appear black. When such a mutation takes place in a leopard or jaguar, they are called black panthers.

Rosettes or Spots Existent

Black panthers appear completely black in the dim-lit forest, however, they do have spots and rosettes on their bodies as their non-melanistic leopards and jaguar variants. The dark shade of the fur simply makes these spots less visible.

Strongest Feline Climbers

Black panthers are the strongest and most skillful tree climbers in the cat family. Their strong, slender, agile bodies have the ability to climb trees at a very young age. They can also leap to a height of 20 feet to catch their prey.

Solitary Animals

These extraordinary creatures are a rare sight, simply because they’re mostly active during the night. They enjoy their solitude and do not hang out in packs as other predators. Black panthers only come together in the mating season.

Hunting Style

Their natural camouflage and nocturnal nature enables them to hunt efficiently during the night. During the day, they’re mostly catching up on their sleep and rest, however, this is not always necessarily true. They have the strength to hoist large prey up a tree.
After the mating season, the female raises the cubs on her own. These young ones can kill a medium-sized prey at about 9 months of age. When the cubs grow to about two years, they go out and live on their own.