A mechanistic leopard fondly refereed to as black panther, was spotted in Laikipia county for the first in a span of 100 years.
The rare images going round the internet, were captured by British wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas on 11th February 2018 at the the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya.
Burrard-Lucas, set up his camera traps after he was tipped by camp owner Steve Carey. He would later share his findings on his blog.
“The biggest challenge in this project was knowing where to put my camera traps. When I heard that a black leopard had been seen up at Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya my ears pricked up and I contacted the owners Steve and Annabelle Carey to find out more,” Will wrote on his blog post
After setting up his Camtraptions camera traps, he had to wait for four good days, before he clicked his shutter to capture the black leopard, which is a fictitiously refereed to as Black Panther in Movies.
Black Panther itself, is not a scientific species! They are just melanistic jaguars or leopards who underwent gene mutation to take the black colour.
His findings already noted in the Journal of African Ecology, were warmly received by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who through their official acknowledged the citing of the black species of leopards but had not yet received any photographic facts of the same animal.
Black Panther, a movie starring Kenya’s top actress Lupita Nyong’o was actually plotted in ‘Wakanda’ land, a set thought to be in East Africa, exact place Black Panther was sited.