Leopards have many enemies in the wild, including hyenas, jackals, lions, tigers, bears and wild dogs. Humans are also a major threat to leopards due to urban sprawl, poaching and farmland defense. Leopards are solitary predators, so they lack the inherent protection afforded by sheer numbers.
The leopard is one of the "big cats," which include the lion, tiger, jaguar and leopard, and they can be found in sub-Saharan and northeastern Africa, India, Central Asia and China.
The leopard is valued for its spotted fur, which ranges in use from ceremonial dress for African tribesmen to supporting the exotic furs trade abroad. Therefore, hundreds of leopards fall victim to poaching and unregulated trophy hunting every year.Learn More
Lions can eat hyenas, and hyenas can eat lions, although it is more common for them to kill each other's young. Both are apex predators that live in the same areas, hunt and compete for the same food and even scavenge the same remains.Full Answer >
Bengal tigers do not have natural enemies. These tigers are among the largest and strongest in the world, allowing them to dominate the food chain without any predators.Full Answer >
Bengal tigers typically live for 10 to 16 years, depending on whether they are living in the wild or in captivity. Captive tigers live longer, as they are protected from many natural threats and provided a steady supply of food and medical care.Full Answer >
Tigers are indigenous to Asia, and as a result, they are not normally found in the wild in Africa. However, there are tigers living in Africa in zoos and other wildlife reservations.Full Answer >