75% of historic range has been lost in the past 20 years
LEOPARDS ARE SLAUGHTERED FOR THEIR PELTS
20,000 SKINS USED IN CEREMONIALS
2,500 SLAUGHTERED EVERY YEAR
ELUSIVE WITH LIGHTNING-SPEED AGILITY, LEOPARDS ARE THE MOST FIERCE SKILLED HUNTERS.
A power animal, leopards are symbolic of ferocity and valor. Leopards are solitary animals and are the most elusive of large carnivores, seemingly challenging to locate in the wild. They are the most persecuted of the large cats and exhibit a reputation as wanton killers.
Leopard skins were a sign of royalty and prestige.
The rosettes are what makes its skin highly sought after status symbol throughout many cultures. Over 20,000 skins have been used in religious ceremonies.
THE EXTINCTION OF THE LEOPARD
4,500 – 7,500
WHY ARE THEY KILLED?
Leopards are slaughtered for their widely sought after pelts. Their body parts — claws, whiskers, and tails are popular fetishes. Their skin is used to make coats and ceremonial robes for cultural and religious attire.
HOW ARE THEY BEING CONSERVED?
Zulu church is now replacing leopard pelts with faux fur to help protect and conserve the leopard population.
LEADING BUYER OF SKINS
Shembe African-initiated church
Illegal Wildlife Trade, Human-Leopard Conflict, Habitat Loss