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Spacing and range use in leopards

28 June 2013

The size of the range used by any cat depends on its daily requirements and the density of the prey because the range must contain all the resources that are essential for survival and reproduction. Where these resources are abundant, the ranges of adult male leopards usually do not overlap, or only do so minimally. However, the ranges of adjacent adult female leopards usually overlap to some degree although they will not use the same area at the same time. The range of an adult male leopard will usually overlap with those of several females... (To read and see more become a Green subscriber)

 

References:

Bothma, J du P & M D Bothma 2012. Leopard range size and conservation area size in the southern Kalahari. Koedoe 54(1), Art. #1076, 4 pages. http://dx-doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v54i1.1076

Bothma, J du P & C Walker 1999. Larger carnivores of the African savannas. Pretoria: J L van Schaik, pp 60 - 91.

Grimbeek, A M 1992. The ecology of the leopard (Panthera pardus) in the Waterberg. MSc thesis, Pretoria: University of Pretoria.

Sunquist, M & F Sunquist 2002. Wild cats of the world. Chicago: Chicago University Press, pp 318 - 342.

By: Prof J du P Bothma

 

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