oa South African Journal of Wildlife Research - 24-month delayed open access - A case of cannibalism in leopards s - : short communications

Volume 36, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2410-7220
  • E-ISSN: 2410-8200



Here we document what we believe is an unusual incidence of leopard (<I>Panthera pardus</I>) cannibalism, where an adult male killed an adult female, presumably associated with a case of intraspecific food competition. Although the prey item, and adult impala (<I>Aepyceros melampus</I>) was a fairly large prey item we can not explain how this resource would have outweighed the value of a reproductively active female in the male's territory. No similar incidences could be found in the literature.

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