Ultra-Rare Black Leopard Is Photographed For The First Time In 100 Years (10 Pics)

Will Burrard-Lucas was ever-so happy a black cat had crossed his path. His cameras’ path, to be more exact.

Will has been a full-time wildlife photographer since 2010 and after years and years of snap, snap, snapping all of his hard work has perfectly reflected in one of his most recent shoots.

In Laikipia, Kenya, on the 11th of February, Will captured a series of high-quality camera trap photographs of a wild melanistic leopard (otherwise known as a black panther).

This was the first time the animal has been photographed in Africa since 1909, said Nick Pilfold, a global conservation scientist at the San Diego Zoo.

“The female leopard’s coat is pitch black due to melanism, a gene mutation that results in an overproduction of pigment”

“It’s the opposite of albinism. And although the leopard’s rocking a black coat during the day, its rosette patterns are visible in nighttime infrared imagery.”

Watch the rare black leopard caught multiple times in Kenya: