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 COVER - Mvula and Shadow by ranger Sean GilbertMvula and Shadow by ranger Sean Gilbert

I have often been asked the question of how large a leopard’s territory is, so I thought I would share a few insights with our virtual followers through this blog post.

Home ranges of male leopards vary between 12sq miles to 30sq miles (31, 080 – 77, 700 sq km), and for females between 5.82sq miles and 6.2sq miles (15, 074 – 16, 058 sq km). There is little or no overlap in male leopards’ territories, although overlapping does exist between the sexes.

Research has found that in Namibia the cats’ territories are much larger due to the expanse of available land, and the concentration of game. Here the territories are anything between 39sq miles to 120sq miles (101,01 – 310, 800 sq km)

Aggressive encounters have been observed on many occasions between male leopards, with death being the ultimate outcome for some. While females will also attack one another, their interactions are less brutal and seldom end in a fatality.

Leopards mark territory by scent-marking and calling, especially after a significant rainfall.



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  1. Claire-M. Lepage says:

    Thank you, Dries!