If you were to ask me what my favorite was, it would honestly be hard for me to choose.
According to National Geographic, the rare cat, which is often referred to as a 'black panther, ' was spotted traveling with a larger, normally colored leopard, presumed to be her mother, in central Kenya. Their lovely eyes, those magical spots, and those strong, solid bodies are something that I always marvel at.
The leopard, spotted in Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya, has often been seen but getting pictures of it has proven to be very hard.
This genetic variation, the opposite of albinism, results in an excess of dark pigmentation.
Photographed with a Camtraptions camera trap.
Will Burrard-Lucas caught a glimpse of the elusive big cat as it hunted for prey at night in Kenya's Laikopia Wilderness Camp.
Burrard-Lucas and Pilfold's team were working separately, but they believe they captured images of the same leopard.
The creature - of nearly mythical status - was captured on film by Kenya-based biologist Nick Pilfold using specialist equipment including wireless motion sensors and high-quality DSLR cameras.
Will Burrard-Lucas, who shot the images of the black leopard, described his longtime dream to photograph the big cat.
A black leopard raised in captivity at the The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in Johannesburg. "So I've left the cameras for a few days and now I'm heading back to see if I've got anything". Conservation scientist Nicholas Pilford estimates that only 11 per cent of the world's leopards have it.
Just look at those piercing eyes! He spent his life chasing them down to capture some photos. We couldn't be more in love with their raw beauty!
Despite such intense planning and precise work, Mr Burrard-Lucas was surprised by what he was able to capture using a Camptraptions Camera Trap. These photos have confirmed what wildlife enthusiasts have speculated for decades!
As recently as 2017, only a single sighting had been confirmed-a 1909 photograph taken in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It's now stored in the collections of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
"It's exciting to see black leopards on our cameras - and more research into their melanism is needed, so we can understand why they occur here".
It also provides protection from human sightings.
Shrinking habitats and scarce resources due to human activity have made the black leopard even more rare since then.
Pilford explained the majority of leopards in Southeast Asia are black - with the black colour being seen as an evolutionary advantage in the jungles of India and Malaysia.