For decades, wild African black leopards have been a legend of history.
Animals with a black coat because of melanism, contrary to albinism – are very rare
. British wildlife photographer has become the first person to photograph black leopard for more than a century.
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After meeting with the locals who saw the animals, and after the leopard paths, Burrard-Lucas created the Camtraptions camera traps that contained wireless motion sensors hoping to shoot at night.
Burrard-Lucas returned to their cameras to find a bright image.
"I had a quick look at the last trap, not wanting to find much," Burrard-Lucas wrote in his blog. "When I drove through the photos on the back of the camera, I stopped and looked at the picture below, not realizing … a pair of eyes surrounded by dark darkness … black leopard! I couldn't believe it and it took a few days before it sank to reach my dream.
Nicholas Pilfold of the San Diego Zoo Protection Institute is the author of the article. African Ecology magazine about new photographic evidence recorded by Burrard-Luc
Pilfold writes that although more than a century of black leopard reports were recorded in Africa, only one was confirmed by photographic evidence, in 1909. The photo was taken in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
"We've always heard of a black leopard living in this region," said Pilfold USA Today. "This is the first confirmed images of almost 100 years of black leopard in Africa, and this region is the only known place in Africa with [the] black leopard."