Meet our Leopards
Hello my names Shrek!
I’m a male spotted leopard, and my best friend is Fiona! Fiona and I didn’t belong to Cheetah Experience originally, but through the generosity of the general public and our Global Volunteer Family, Cheetah Experience was able to raise R240,000 (South African Rand) to buy us, and the additional funds from the money raised was used to build a brand new huge enclosure for us both!
You can often see me resting in one of the highest logs in our enclosure, almost 8 metres off the ground!
Hello my name's Aurora!
I’m a female spotted leopard, and my best friend is Nova, the black leopard! I love playing with Nova, and you’ll likely see us chasing each other around our home, and bouncing off the walls.
Leopards can also hunt from trees where their rosettes help them to blend in with the leaves until they spring down with a deadly pounce! We have strong jaws and very strong muscles in our necks and we can take prey of up to three times our body weight up into a tree. We can easily carry a fully grown impala or warthog into a tree where we will return to it to feed for a few days.
Hi I’m Fiona!
I’m a female spotted leopard, and my best friend is Shrek! I’m a very playful leopard, and like catching my feet and playing with my tail when volunteers and educational tours walk past my home. I also like talking to Fushan the Siberian Tiger through our enclosure, and he loves talking to me to! Even though we are different species, we get along really well with each other!
Leopards are currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red list.
Hi I’m Nova!
I’m a female black leopard, and my best friend is Aurora! People say I’m one of the most mischievous leopards at Cheetah Experience, but I'm really sweet once you take the time to get to know me!
We are often called a Panther, but the term Panther is a general name given to any black cat of the Panthera species, typically Black leopards and Jaguars.
Black Leopards are exactly the same as the normal spotted leopard, with just a different coloured hair, much like people. The black colouration – Melanism, is caused by the inheritance of a recessive gene from both parents. Black leopards are not a different species, but a recessive gene the same as with the white lion.
Hey I'm Cosmo!
People usually call me Cos! I was born at Cheetah Experience in December 2016. Mischief and Panthera are my parents. I can be very playful, but most of all, I am the sweetest leopard you’ve ever met. Every volunteer that sees me falls completely in love with me!
Leopards are very solitary and prefer spending their time alone. They each have their own territory and the only time they cross territories is to mate.
Hi I’m Gemini!
I am living with Pheonix and we are inseparable! I’m older than Pheonix but so much smaller than him! My parents live at another project but I was born and raised here. Just like my best friend Pheonix, I can be very sweet, but don’t let me fool you, I will be very playful sometimes as well!
Hi I’m Pheonix!
I was born around the same time as Gemini and therefore we were raised together. We’re the best of friends! It might seem hard to believe but I am actually younger than Gemini, even though I’m almost twice as big. My parents are Shrek and Fiona and as my dad is really big, people say I am going to be a big boy! I can be very cuddly and sweet but sometimes I’m also very naughty!