The distinctive markings on leopards act as camouflage, protecting these large cats from predators. These markings are often called spots, but they actually are rosettes. They also appear on so-called black leopards, but the pattern cannot always be seen on the animal's dark fur unless it is in a well-lit area.
More about leopards:
- Different types of leopards can have distinctly different markings. For example, the markings on a clouded leopard have a marbled appearance.
- Leopards generally are not interested in eating humans, but there have been rare cases when a leopard has targeted humans for food. This is often because the leopard is elderly or injured and cannot hunt down faster prey.
- Leopards' beautiful coats make them targets for poachers and hunters, causing the animal's extinction in some countries.