Pictures: Rare occurrence as black leopard is spotted in Laikipia County

Rare occurrence as black leopard is spotted in Laikipia County

In a rare occurrence, a black leopard has been spotted again in Kenya, specifically, in Laikipia County. Wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, says he captured images of the all -black feline at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp. This is the second black panther to be spotted in Laikipia after a similar discovery was recorded by then Nation photojournalist, Phoebe Okall in 2013 at Ol Jogi Conservancy.

In a rare occurrence, a black leopard has been spotted again in Kenya, specifically, in Laikipia County.Wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, says he captured images of the all -black feline at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp. This is the second black panther to be spotted in Laikipia after a similar discovery was recorded by then Nation photojournalist, Phoebe Okall in 2013 at Ol Jogi Conservancy.

Black Panthers are uncommon and only about 11 percent of leopards globally are black But black panthers in Africa are extremely rare.Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas photographed it – and was wrongly given the title of first time anyone has captured a black leopard on camera in Africa in 100 years.

But in reality In 2013 local Kenyan dailynation photographer Phoebe Okall took photos of another black leopard in Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy giving her the rightful  title of First photographer to photograph a Black Panther in Africa in almost 100 years and not Will Burrard-Lucas as it has been widely reported by many Western media outlets Like the Sun, BBC, CNN, FOX, New York Times and more who automatically gave the credit the fellow white man without even checking with the locals. Other than Wills and Skills photos the last African black panther was sported in Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia, in 1909.

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