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Science Wednesdays: Revealing the Leopard

Tue, 07/30/2013 - 10:15am -- WCVE

Leopards are the ultimate cat. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous and, until recently, one of the least understood. They hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen and secretive. Leopards are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film will accumulate the evidence and put together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat.

Watch Nature: Revealing the Leopard July 31 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

Leopards may be slower than cheetahs and weaker than lions, but they are more successful than either of them, or any other big cat.  Their populations inhabit territories that cover nearly half the world, and while nobody knows exactly how many leopards there are, it is estimated that there are roughly ten times more of them than all the lions, tigers, and cheetahs added together. Their success relies on cunning and stealth, and on their unique ability to adapt. As survivors, predators, teachers and parents, they are very clever cats.

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Leopards like their lives to be private, and until recently, relatively little has been known about them. But one remarkable cat developed a tolerance to being filmed and one day began to allow the cameras to follow her to her den. Following the story of this mother leopard and her two cubs, as well as observing other leopards around the world, the incredibly private and vulnerable lives of these extraordinary cats are revealed.