What makes a rainforest leopard different from other kinds of leopards? What do rainforest leopards eat? How do they grow up? This lesson will take you along the journey of Leo the Leopard and teach you all about rainforest leopards’ diets, habitats, and life cycles.

What are Rainforest Leopards?

Meet Leo the Leopard! He is here to teach you all about himself and his rainforest leopard friends. First, let’s find out what leopards are. Leopards are a type of animal called a mammal. This means that they have fur, give birth to live babies, and are warm-blooded. All leopards have spots called rosettes, which are used for camouflage. There are two other types of leopards that can also live in rainforests: the clouded leopard, which has a tan coat with cloud-shaped spots, and the black leopard, which has a black coat, but still has rosettes.

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Can you see the rosettes on this black leopard?

The black leopard lives in Malaysian rainforests.

The Rainforest Habitat

Leo is mainly a solitary animal, but he and his rainforest leopard friends are in danger of losing their rainforest habitat. Why? People are cutting down rainforests to create homes and other buildings, and when this happens, leopards lose their food and their homes. Because they have lost their food, they end up trying to eat farm animals, which causes people to poison them so that they cannot eat farm animals anymore.

A tropical rainforest
rain forest

It is important that people try to keep rainforests from being cut down to keep animals like Leo and his friends safe!

How do Rainforest Leopards Grow?

Leo is an average sized leopard and is 28 inches tall, which is just over 2 feet tall.

Leo when he was a baby. Baby leopards are called cubs.

Male leopards like Leo are usually bigger than female leopards. Leopards are some of the smallest animals in the big cat category, which includes lions and tigers. Adult leopards can weigh anywhere from 33-150 pounds, which is about the size of a kid or a small adult. Rainforest leopards like Leo who live in the wild can live to be 12-15 years old, but rainforest leopards in zoos can live to be as old as 23!

What do Rainforest Leopards eat?

Leo and all other rainforest leopards are carnivores. This means that they hunt and eat other animals. They are excellent hunters and usually hunt at night. Did you know that they are good at hunting on the ground and in trees? Rainforest leopards like to eat birds, antelope, and warthogs.

Fun facts about Rainforest Leopards

  • Did you know that rainforest leopards are nocturnal? This means that they sleep during the day and are awake at night.
  • Rainforest leopards are great swimmers!
  • Rainforest leopards usually live alone except when they find other leopards to mate with.

Lesson Summary

Rainforest leopards are mammals that can live to be 12-15 years old in the wild and as old as 23 in captivity. They can be lots of different colors, but all rainforest leopards have spots called rosettes. They are carnivores that hunt and eat animals like deer, antelope, and warthogs.