Leopards were once believed to be a hybrid between lions and panthers, and the leopard's common name derives from this belief; “leo” is the Latin word for lion, and "pard" is an old term meaning panther.

One other interesting fact: Leopards have the ability to see in 1/8th of the light required by humans.

You can see leopards and the rest of Africa's "Big Five" on our Tanzania Classic Safari!