Panthers are well known for their leaping abilities to catch preys and excellent senses, but there are lots other interesting facts that you might not know. We gathered a list of panthers facts to help learn more about this wonderful creature.
1. Panthera Pardus is the scientific name of Panthers.
2. Panthers are related to the Felidae family.
3. The gestation period of Panthers is 3 to 4 months.
4. Black Panthers in Asia and Africa are called leopards.
5. Panthers like to dive to relax themselves.
6. Panthers are the fifth largest species of cats.
7. A “panther” actually refers to 3 different types of big cats, leopards or jaguars.
8. There are approximately 250,000 Panthers left in the world.
9. Melanism is the name of the dark color pigmentation mutation that makes the fur to be blackish.
10. Black panthers are believed to be less fertile.
11. They are unpredictable and aggressive.
12. Black Panthers are great swimmers.
13. Only one or two wild Panthers now live in the United States.
14. Black Panthers are capable of leaping up to 20 feet to catch their prey.
15. Black Panthers are the national animal of Gabon.
16. They are often called ‘the ghost of the forest’.
17. Black Panthers are a smart and stealth-like attacker.
18. Black panther’s dark coat helps them hide and stalk prey very easily, especially at night.
19. The light tan colored Florida Panther is one of over 30 subspecies of a cougar found in North America.
20. Panther is known as a black Jaguar in Latin America, as a black leopard in Asia and Africa, and as a black cougar in North America.
21. Adult panthers have 7-8 feet in length and weigh between 100-250 pounds.
22. Panthers are carnivores.
23. Panther can roar loudly.
24. Panthers are solitary animals.
25. Panthers meet only during mating season.
26. Female Panthers give birth to 2-4 babies at the same time.
27. Panthers are strongest tree climbers in the cat world.
28. The eyes of their newly born cubs are covered with light fur.
29. Young Panthers can catch medium-sized preys just after nine months of birth.
30. Panthers have large, strong paws and sharp claws that are used for hunting.
31. Panthers have excellent eyesight and sense of hearing.
32. Panthers can live up to 12 years and in captivity up to 20.
33. Their speed is up to 58 kilometers per hour.
34. Black Jaguars may give birth to completely black or spotted cubs.
35. The fur color of the black leopard is a mix of colors: blue, black, grey and purple.
36. They differ completely from the snow leopard, found in the Himalayas in India.
37. Black Panthers were used as mascots by United States soldiers.
38. Australian panthers, one of the species of black panthers, are responsible for the disappearance of cats, dogs, and livestock in rural Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia.
39. Panther can survive in populated areas with humans better than other cats.
40. The fossil record tells us that Panthers first evolved in Eurasia.