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Leopards – The Best Climbers

Leopards Quiz
Leopards Quiz

Leopards of all the big cats, leopards are the best climbers. In fact, they spend most of their lives high in the trees. They can climb while upside down on branches and even climb down trees headfirst. Your cat probably doesn’t like water, but leopards do. They are strong swimmers.

Leopard up in a Tree Image - Science for Kids All About Leopards
Leopards are the best climbers but that’s not all about leopards!

Leopards live in Africa and Asia. People hunt them and destroy the forests and jungles that are their homes. Leopards are endangered animals.

Leopard Swimming Image
All about leopards, cats that are strong swimmers.

Fun Facts about Leopards for Kids

  • Leopards are nocturnal. They hunt mostly at night and lounge around during the day.
  • They carry their prey up into the trees to keep it safe. They can even carry heavy animals.
  • Leopards can run 36 miles per hour and jump 10 feet high. Imagine how they’d perform on field day!
  • Leopards are carnivorous. They eat deer, fish, birds, lizards, wild pigs, monkeys and even porcupines.
  • Leopards don’t need to drink water. They get moisture from their food.
Leopard Jumping over Water Image
Leopards can run 36 miles per hour and jump 10 feet high

Leopard Vocabulary

  1. Endangered: This animal needs our help to survive or it might become extinct.
  2. Nocturnal: Stays awake at night and sleeps during the day
  3. Carnivorous: Eats meat
  4. Perform: Behave or act

Learn More All About Leopards

Get to know more all about leopards in this video:

A National Geographic documentary about the wild lives of leopards.

Leopard Q&A

Question: How big are leopards?

Answer: Males weigh 80 to 200 pounds; females weigh 60 to 130 pounds.


Question: Do leopards live in prides?

Answer: Leopards live alone, except when a mother is raising cubs.


Question: Do leopards have good hearing?

Answer: Leopards can hear five times better than humans. They can hear tiny mouse squeaks.


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