Leopards are smaller than their three ‘big cat’ counterparts. This type of cat has fairly short legs and a large skull. They are agile predators, and this contributes partly to the fact that this species is only nearing endangerment, but has not yet officially made the list. Leopards are often confused with jaguars, as both cats have similar fur markings. The leopard, however, has rosettes which are smaller and more dense with dark fur.

Leopards are more versatile hunters than other cats of the Panthera species. They will feed on a range of creatures such as beetles, rodents and monkeys. Most leopards will avoid people, as they prefer to hunt for wild prey. However, a sickly or struggling leopard may become hazardous to wandering tourists or hikers in Africa or other regions where they are found.