By Lizberth Ramirez DeJesus

A Leopard Family

Leopards live in sub-Sabaran Africa, Northeast Africa, Central Asia, India and China. However, many of their populations are endangered, especially outside of Africa.

Leopards live in a variety of habitats including forest, mountains,grasslands and deserts.

Leopards come in a wide variety of coat colors, from a light buff or tawny in warmer, dryer areas to a dark shade in deep forests. The spots, or rosettes, are circular in East African leopards but square in southern African leopards.The spotted coat provides almost perfect camouflage.

Leopards can survive in cold and warm climates.  Their adaptability, in fact, has helped them survive the loss of habitat to increasingly human settlement.

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