Leopards are solitary animals that only spend time with others when they are mating or raising young. They are also nocturnal and spend their nights hunting. Leopards are ambush predators. They crouch low to sneak up to their prey and pounce before it has a chance to react. A leopard will kill its prey with one swift bite to the neck, breaking it.
Leopards can run up to 58 km/h but are also famous for their agility and strenght to climb trees while dragging a kill that is sometimes heavier than their own body weight. They can leap over 6 metres. This is where its curled tail comes in handy as it helps the leopard maintain the balance and aids in steering the jump.
Female leopards protect their young cubs by hiding them in lairs. lairs can be found in a variety of places, including outcrops of granite boulders, old aardvark holes made in the side of termite mounds, or in dense thickets at the bottom of deep galleys. These hiding places serve as a refuge for when the mother is away, as lions and hyenas pose a great threat to the cubs. The mother changes the lair every few days to eliminate the chances of discovery by other predators.